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Elana Kundell

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Seattle, WA

Birth year

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000, Art
Universita di Bologna, 1999, Art & Studies in Italian
Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, IT, 1999, Marble Sculpture, Painting

Representing galleries

mixed-media, landscape, modern, abstract, abstract-expressionism, oil paintings, sensual, non-objective, luscious, color-field, contemporary


Artist Statement
June 2015

I feel my way into things and the feeling is not separate from the things, from my experience of them.

Some of the recent work begins with a phrase from my writings, scrawled in calligraphic line with charcoal onto the surface as a point of departure. The process of painting catalogs change, unearths and synthesizes my experiences, memories and ideas into a new whole that is now in the real world. I begin in one place and finish in another.

An intuitive use of color to express emotion, combined with the perceptual effects of light, creates an environment that blurs boundaries between the landscape, the body and the "known" world.

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Elana Kundell’s artwork has been exhibited in various venues, including the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles, CA for the Fresh! Art Auction, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) Artists Gallery, and the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. She has received grants including a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and three Ventura Music Festival commissions. Among collectors of her art are former MOCA President Charles E Young, Ellie Blankfort, Drug Policy Alliance Founder Ethan Nadelmann, and the University of California Study Center, Italy.

Kundell studied art at the University of California at Santa Cruz as well as Painting and Sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, Italy. She is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and has been an Artist-In-Residence at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, CA since 2005. 

Recent Exhibits

Elana Kundell participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 PeelingBack
University Art Gallery
May, 2016 The Loft at Liz's Auction to Benefit HoldYou Foundation.
The Loft at Liz's
May, 2015 thread/bare
Brand Library & Art Center
Dec, 2013 Los Angeles Art Association Open Show
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
Oct, 2013 MAS ATTACK 2 – a meet-the-artist evening ONE NIGHT ONLY
Torrance Art Museum
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