Lobby Gallery

The Group of Four

The Group of Four at the Lobby Gallery at Hotel Laguna is a special association of four elite, highly skillful artists in Southern California. Because membership is limited to only four artists, each artist must meet an especially high standard in creativity and professionalism. Each artist is distinctly different from each other in the manipulation of paint, but each one creates highly interesting paintings to be enjoyed year after year. Take your time as you walk around the lobby gallery. Zero-in not only on what the artists paint but also on how they construct their paintings.

Our gallery selections are excellent examples of each artist’s work; however, because our gallery space is limited, we encourage you to directly contact the artists on their websites to see other paintings or to chat with the artists.

The Group of Four makes it possible for you to purchase very fine artwork at very attractive prices by artists who are recognized by collectors and other professionals as superb painters.

The gallery director, Mr. O’Hoy (714-878-4583), can answer any questions you have. Email your comments about our gallery paintings, website paintings, or experiences with the artists to Mr. O’Hoy at artinlaguna@gmail.com

Artist Saim Caglayan – (www.saimcaglayan.com) In painting, Caglayan has become one of the most recognized names in Laguna. He travels widely in and outside of the United States to ensure his subject matter is always challenging and fresh. He has won numerous awards and prizes in art competitions and is the Founder and current Chairman of the Laguna Beach Plein Air Painters Assn. He is a regular competitor in the Annual Laguna Beach Plein-Air Invitational, presented by the Laguna Art Museum. This Invitational is becoming the iconic Southern California venue for artists from Hawaii to Florida. Working in oil, Caglayan applies deft, easy brushstrokes that capture the delicate and evanescent light of his subject matter.

Artist Rick Delanty – (www.delantyfineart.com) Delanty, who has many decades of experience, is a member of many professional organizations, including the prestigious Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn. (LPAPA), Southern California Plein Air Painters, and California Art Club. He competes in many exhibitions, including the important Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational. He has been featured at the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts. Delanty works in acrylic and excels in applying its unique properties. His mastery of this medium can be seen in unique texture development and range of color, which together becomes the visual signature of his work.

Artist John Kilduff – (www.johnkilduff.com) Kilduff received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in 1987 and his Masters of Fine Arts at UCLA in 2008. Kilduff is an active exhibitor in the Southland, including the Annual Laguana Beach Plein-Air Invitational. Kilduff is the founder and star on Let’s Paint TV, a show of world-wide attention. From 2002 through 2008, Kilduff (Mr. Let’s Paint) hosted the show on Los Angeles Public-access cable TV and then went completely to the internet. Google his name and read Wikipedia to learn more about him and see his shows, which are very entertaining and educational. Kilduff’s Studio in Van Nuys is primarily used for storing paints; his real Studio is on location, whether it be a hillside or bluff in Malibu or Laguna or a street corner in downtown Los Angeles. Working in oil, Kilduff paints like a maestro conducting a Mozart symphony- fast and powerful. His Los Angeles street scenes are famous for their spontaneous execution and juicy texture of profusely mixed pigments.

Artist Elaine Mathews – (www.elaineartist.com) Mathews has a Masters of Arts from Azusa Pacific University in California. She is a member of California Art Club, the Laguna Plein Air Painters Assn., and Head of the Plein-Air Painters of the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. She travels widely in California and the Southwest for fresh subject matter and exhibits extensively in competitions. Originally brought into The Group of Four as an emerging artist, the Lobby Gallery now considers her the most important artist name in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley. Working in oil and in a realistic style, Mathews faithfully captures the real light and textures of desert and other landscapes.