BIO

My name is Candace (CJ) Metzger and I’m a painter, illustrator, writer and designer living and creating in my studio in Los Angeles. A native to California, I was raised in a family of makers, artists, authors & teachers. I grew up mostly playing with my toys in the dirt, creating imaginary worlds in my families hillside garden in Eagle Rock alongside MY SISTER MISS MINDY. I also spent time doing projects with my artist mother, and building contraptions with my engineer/mad scientist father in his well stocked garage. From and early age I knew a creative future was my destiny - it was all I could imagine for myself! In the 1990’s I began a journey of professionally making art for a living. I exhibited my artwork in all sorts of traditional (and non traditional) settings and built up a lovely group of patrons and supporters, and also learned there was more to art that just painting, and I wanted to explore all of it.

In a nutshell, over the past few decades I’ve been in and curated countless art shows, had my work published in the Pasadena weekly, LA Times, and have had a Children’s book published in collaboration with Baby Tattoo Books. I’ve released vinyl toys at Comic-con, created numerous commissioned portraits, have worked as a graphic designer, creating patterns to adorn products and stationery. I’ve also worked with Hasbro, Disney, and Marvel, as a Brand and events designer. Currently, I work out of an enchanting studio built by my artist grandparents. Working in a space with giant windows that is filled to the brim with artwork, vintage books and artifacts is a continued source of inspiration.

MY CURRENT BODY OF WORK FEATURES PAINTINGS & DESIGNS ARE NARRATIVE, OFTEN REVEALING SWEET, WONDROUS AND SOMETIMES SOMBER STORIES OF HUMANS AND THEIR RELATIONSHIPS WITH ANIMALS AND THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT. I USE ACRYLICS, COLLAGE, MIXED MEDIA, AND DIGITAL METHODS, BLENDING SURREAL AND WHIMSICAL IMAGERY IN A LAYERED, DREAMY AND ALLURING WAY. THANK YOU FOR VISITING AND I HOPE MY WORK TRANSPORTS YOU TO AN IMAGINATIVE AND FARAWAY PLACE – JUST LIKE IT DOES FOR ME WHEN I MAKE IT.

Past Fine Art Exhibitions

Leanna Lin's Wonderland Gallery Eagle Rock - Various Solo and group shows 2009-2018

Pop Gallery - Santa Fe, NM - Wild Rumpus Group Show, 2013

Whole 9 Gallery- various group shows 2008-2011

WWA Gallery, Culver City, CA – “Trappings ” Group show currated by CJ Metzger & Miss Mindy, 2010

Pop Gallery - Sanga Fe, NM - Pop Femme Show, 2009-2010

Gallery Revisited 4 year Anniversary Show, Silverlake, CA – Group Show 2008

The Wonderful World Art Gallery, Culver City, CA – “Carnivale of the Strange” Group show with Tim Burton and others

Meltdown Comics, CA - LA Myth Show - group Show 2007

Pop Gallery - Santa Fe, NM - Sugar Coated Strange - Pop Femme Show, 2008

The Hive Gallery - Downtown Los Angeles, CA - Featured Artist

Black Maria Gallery - Atwater, CA - Menace of Childhood Group show

The Wind-up Gallery. Phoenix, AZ - Unfourgettable Show - 2007

The Hive Gallery - Downtown Los Angeles, CA - Group Show 2007

Gallery Revisited - Silverlake, CA – Secret Lives of Dolls - Joint Show 2007

Gallery Nucleus - Alhambra, CA –Power in Numbers Show - Group Show 2007

Gallery Revisited – part of various salon style shows. 2006 - current

Center for the Arts - Eagle Rock, Route 66 Art Auction 2004-2006

Center for the Arts - Eagle Rock Women’s Work II Exhibit - August 2003

Gallery Ophelia - Girlhood Revisited – Show with Miss Mindy 2003

Gallery Figeroa – Plaisirs de l’imagination – show with Miss Mindy & Katrina Alexy 2002

Lankershim Arts Center - Group Show October 2001

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock - Women’s Work Exhibit August 2001

Affair of Art – Ryman Foundation Auction at Disney Imagineering Campus2001

Art from the Heart -Chase Place Foundation Children's Hospital – 6th Annual Art Auction 2001

Cannibal Flower – Art and Performance Space – ongoing exhibitions

Group Holiday show at Sirens Coffee House – La Canada December 2000 - January 2001

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock - Futura Carnival - joint-exhibition November 2000

Northeast InvitationalII– Group exhibition, City of Los Angeles Century Gallery 2000

Paintings and Assemblages - Solo show at Sirens Coffee House – La Canada December 1999

No Ho Nights- North Hollywood Night Street Art Show June and August 1999

Collage, Mixed Media and Sculpture Show – Long Beach Arts – Juror Kim Abeles 1998

COMA Gallery- “Daily Exposures”Student Gallery at Cal. State Los Angeles 1998