BIO

MY NAME IS CJ METZGER AND I’M A PAINTER, ILLUSTRATOR, WRITER AND DESIGNER LIVING AND CREATING IN LOS ANGELES. A NATIVE TO CALIFORNIA, I WAS RAISED IN A FAMILY OF CARNI-ESQUE "MAKERS", ARTISTS, AUTHORS AND TEACHERS. I GREW UP MAKING IMAGINARY WORLDS IN MY FAMILIES HILLSIDE GARDEN ALONG SIDE MY SISTER MISS MINDY, AND BUILDING CONTRAPTIONS WITH MY ENGINEER (AKA MAD SCIENTIST) FATHER. FROM AN EARLY AGE I KNEW A CREATIVE FUTURE WAS MY DESTINY, AND IN THE LATE 1990’S I BEGAN A JOURNEY OF PROFESSIONALLY MAKING AND EXHIBITING MY ARTWORK IN ALL SORTS OF TRADITIONAL AND NON-TRADITIONAL SETTINGS. CURRENTLY, I WORK OUT OF AN ENCHANTING STUDIO BUILT BY MY ARTIST GRANDPARENTS IN GLENDALE, CALIFORNIA. WORKING IN A SPACE WITH GIANT WINDOWS, AND SURROUNDED BY ARTWORK AND VINTAGE ITEMS THAT THEY (AND I) HAVE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS GIVES ME 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 2009-2015

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