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Denice Bartels

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Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles


Everett Community College, 1992, MFA
Otis College of Art and Design, 1987, BFA




Denice Bartels' interest in the Light and Space period informs her intimate drawings of reflected light.  She draws from photos of various patterns of light on the surface of water where she found a two-dimensional materiality to the light's shapes.  The appeal of drawing light patterns is in stretching her drawing chops and the formal qualities of each series' materials.

The series include photo-realistic drawings done in graphite; flat, graphic drawings done in pastel and charcoal; and the opacity of gouache and Prismacolor in other drawings convey the density and luminosity of light.  Materials and process marry in some series to suggest stellar formations, nightscapes, aqueous sludge, and a relationship between micro- and macrocosms.

Bartels spent five years traveling overland through all the inhabited continents before attaining degrees at Claremont Graduate University and Otis College of Art and Design.  She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Recent Exhibits

Denice Bartels participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2015 With Love: Fifth Floor’s Final Group Show
Fifth Floor Gallery
Jan, 2013 Women at Work
Santa Ana College Arts Gallery at the Santora Building
Dec, 2012 Interpretations
Bridge Gallery, Los Angeles City Hall
Sep, 2010 For Roland, 2010
Bunny Gunner
Nov, 2009 Surf & Turf
Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education
Oct, 2009 Sweet Subversives: Contemporary California Drawings
Long Beach Museum of Art
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