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Preview: Mark Elliott, Genevive Zacconi and Kelly Eden at Copro Gallery

Do you recall the disappointed feeling from childhood, when someone told you the imaginary creations of your pretend games were not real? Painter Mark Elliott seems to be one of the fortunate ones who never stopped pretending. The paintings in his latest series for his upcoming show at Copro Gallery with Genevive Zacconi and Kelly Eden are a sort of validation of these youthful day dreams. Often focused on young characters, the pieces exhibit fantastical scenarios that affirm feelings of playfulness and joy.


Mark Elliott

Do you recall the disappointed feeling from childhood, when someone told you the imaginary creations of your pretend games were not real? Painter Mark Elliott seems to be one of the fortunate ones who never stopped pretending. The paintings in his latest series for his upcoming show at Copro Gallery with Genevive Zacconi and Kelly Eden are a sort of validation of these youthful day dreams. Often focused on young characters, the pieces exhibit fantastical scenarios that affirm feelings of playfulness and joy.

Zacconi’s work (full disclosure: Genevive Zacconi occasionally contributes to Hi-Fructose) complements Elliott’s work stylistically. Both artists paint with light, airy brushstrokes that add a foggy dreaminess to their work. Zacconi’s series of paintings, however, focuses on symbolism and enigmas, presenting viewers with clues that allude to something supernatural brewing below the surface. Up-and-coming painter Kelly Eden joins Zacconi and Elliott with her confectionary paintings filled with rich, colorful splendor. Eden, a successful model, is a muse for many (just check out her Instagram feed for a never-ending stream of pastel hair and tattoo inspiration) and considers this show a milestone for her shift in focus on fine art.

Mark Elliot, Genevive Zacconi and Kelly Eden’s show opens alongside solo shows by Ken Keirns, Chrystal Chan and Erik Alos at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica on Saturday, June 14, and runs through July 5.


Mark Elliott


Mark Elliott


Genevive Zacconi

Genevive Zacconi

Kelly Eden

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