It is an honor for us to present these five amazing talents together, for the first time, in an exhibition that promises a wide array of visual treats. The works on display leave no question as to why the exhibition has been dubbed Smitten and further showcase why these artists are currently at the forefront of the new contemporary art movement.
There are currently a number of exhibitions in Los Angeles focusing on female artists; “Wack!” at MOCA, the RedCat feminist film series, and Barnsdall Art Park’s “Southern California Women Artists, 1980-2006”; so the timing for Smitten couldn’t be better.
Stella Im Hultberg bio:
Stella is a painter and drawer living in New York City. Despite her background in industrial design and toy design, she has recently turned to a more personal and expressive kind of creating, showing her works at galleries since fall of 2005.
When she’s not drawing or painting, she likes to eat while thinking of more food to eat; continuing the search for the perfect cupcake; eating ice cream in the park; and just walking around and exploring her favorite city in the world.
Her work has exhibited nationally at such respected galleries as Lineage Gallery, Limited Addiction Gallery, Distinction Fine Art, Compound Gallery, Project:, Art Star and many more.
Artist website: www.stellaimhultberg.com
Audrey Kawasaki bio:
The themes in Audrey Kawasaki's work are contradictions within themselves. Her work is both innocent and erotic. Each subject is attractive yet disturbing. Audrey's precise technical style is at once influenced by both manga comics and Art Nouveau. Her sharp graphic imagery is combined with the natural grain of the wood panels she paints on, bringing unexpected warmth to enigmatic subject matter.
The figures she paints are seductive and contain an air of melancholy. They exist in their own sensually esoteric realm, yet at the same time present a sense of accessibility that draws the observer to them. These mysterious young women captivate with the direct stare of their bedroom eyes.
Artist website: www.audrey-kawasaki.com
The figures in KuKula's paintings wear their heartaches on their sleeves. They are delicate but resilient dolls buffeted by the crosswinds of the real world. KuKula herself was born in a small town in Israel and later studied illustration and design in Tel Aviv, graduating in 2003. The small town
environment of her childhood fostered a fantasy life rooted in her exposure both to popular culture and to her elderly neighbor friends, many of whom were holocaust survivors. Her paintings are thus infused with a tension between playfulness and mourning. KuKula draws her aesthetic inspiration from a variety of sources, including children's illustrations such as Holly Hobby and the Care Bears, pin-up girl art, and German bisque dolls. In 2004 she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is currently based.
Artist website: www.kukulaland.com
Brandi Milne bio:
Brandi Milne was born and raised in the small town of Anaheim, California. Throughout her upbringing Brandi was exposed to the sounds and sights of the 1970’s, through the still pumping family 8-track as well as her mother’s wardrobe of flowing paisley. This love of the funk was later mated with a curiosity and respect for the fashion and culture of the Far East. Her artwork represents a melding of two very different genres that seem to feel curiously at home together. Brandi is a self-taught artist who makes her own rules and is not confined by what is expected. She favors beauty and aesthetic over any message or propaganda. Her favored media is acrylic and ink, but as of late has become heavily involved in hand sewing various plush creatures. She is also currently working on writing and illustrating her first book, which will be out late 2007.
Brandi has been involved in the L.A. art scene for over four years and has shown in many of the area’s biggest galleries, including Gallery 1988, La Luz de Jesus, and the Corey Helford Gallery. She has shown in countless group shows, including numerous Create:Fixate and Cannibal Flower events, and has her first solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery in November of 2007 (to be followed by solo shows with Copro Nason and Thinkspace over the coming years).
Artist website: www.brandimilne.com
Amy Sol bio:
Amy Sol spent her childhood years in Korea, and then moved to Las Vegas, NV where she currently lives and works. Though the style of her work is greatly influenced by a combination of manga, folk-art, vintage illustration and modern design, she remains a self taught artist. She has dedicated many years of her life mixing pigments and mediums to achieve a unique color palette of subtly muted tones. The artist works intuitively from the beginning to end of each piece, with the intent that each painting’s theme or message can be interpreted subjectively. Within these delicate works, you may often find whimsical landscapes populated with exotic plants, animals and females… Amongst the expressions of each character are notions of peaceful reflection and a sense of companionship.
Artist website: www.amysol.com