Kelly Vivanco, previously featured here on our blog, counts a wide variety of artistic styles among her influences, ranging from Disney movies to Dutch master painters and artists from the Golden Age of illustration. Her study of classical fine art has contributed to her depiction of cartoony, boldly outlined characters in the rich colors that she chooses.
As an artist whose illustrations have natural fluidity, it’s no wonder that Kelly Vivanco found herself painting water in “Peculiar Tides”. Her latest solo at Thinkspace gallery has a water theme, an element that has captured our imagination for centuries. Water is a source of life and vitality, doomed disasters, bold adventure stories and some of the world’s most curious mysteries. Telling its story is an undertaking felt by Vivanco’s roughly 40 paintings created over 8 months, sculptures, and a narrative starring childlike heroines that vaguely resemble the artist.
Opening alongside Anthony Clarkson’s latest (which we previewed here) this February 5th at Thinkspace Gallery, will be a new body of work, “Springs to Mind” by Kelly Vivanco. Whisking her viewers away to that is part dreamland and fairy tale, “Springs to Mind” looks to be a journey into the fluctuating imagination of the artist as her heroines explore and discover uncharted worlds and landscapes. Hi-Fructose has managed to get a first look at a few of her new paintings, as well as a peek inside the SoCal artist’s studio. Check it all out after the jump.
Kelly Vivanco has been quietly painting away in Escondido, California for over six years, honing her skills at depicting her inner world until creating an enigmatic yet compelling scenario has become almost second nature. In much of her work, it is the eyes that first captivate the viewer – they are deep, glistening pools of emotion that can evoke a storyline in a glance.
Los Angeles cornerstone gallery Thinkspace is currently exhibiting up the coast to Portland’s Together Gallery for “LAX/PDX”, a massive group showing featuring the best and brightest of the new contemporary scene and the gallery’s roster. With an installation by Dabs/Myla and works by Ana Bagayan, Brett Amory, Brian M. Viveros, Chet Zar, Esao Andrews, Fernando Chamarelli, Ferris Plock, Fumi Nakamura, Kelly Vivanco, Kelly Allen (who’s featured in the next issue of Hi-Fructose!), Lindsey Carr, Sarah Joncas, Stella Im Hultberg, and many, many more, “LAX/PDX” is a good signifier that the Portland art scene is alive, well, and most definitely something to keep an eye on.
For its “15 Years of Thinkspace” show, Thinkspace Projects asked more than 70 artists to craft works on 15″x15″ panels. Among the featured artists are several veterans of our print magazine, including Cintal Vidal (Vol. 51), Jeremy Geddes (Vol. 15), Mark Dean Veca (Vol. 23), Yosuke Ueno (Vol.10), Laura Berger (Vol. 44), and several others. (See the complete list of artists below.) The show kicks off on Jan. 11 and runs through Jan. 25.