EXHIBITION: CORE COLLECTION PORTRAIT PAINTING SERIES February 26, 2019
CORE COLLECTION EXHIBIT
7 March – 1 April 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday 7 March 2019 (6 – 9 pm) Second Reception: Saturday 9 March 2019 ( noon-5 pm) Tashiro Kaplan Building
noun: a basic, essential, or enduring part (as of an individual, a class, or an entry)
On view, Core Collection is an exploration of human dualism showcased through contemporary portrait paintings of diverse young women specifically from the Seattle area.
Over the course of 6 years, Opio has worked to capture the likeness of her models through her watery layers of predominantly black and white acrylic paint combined with stark accent colors to create visually striking imagery. With each portrait set against a surreal like overly- simplified background, the figure is grounded through the use of positive and negative spaces on the canvas. While typography and assorted pattern designs adorn the women, the attention is highly placed on an individual narrative while weaving a common thread that shares an idea of dichotomy being present within all of us.
It’s officially Summer! My body, mind and spirit have longed for these endless beautiful days for quite sometime. So far, I’ve achieved my goal of spending as much time enjoying the sun and getting some much-needed studio time in as well. Much love and happy Summer everyone!!!!
Top image: photocopies of the models for The Core Collection 20/20.
Original photographs by LZ Photovision.
From the CC 20/20
Titled: Balanced & Exuberant
36″ x 36″
Pencil on Paper
From CC 20/20
Titled: Tough & Sensitive
36 ” x 36″
Pencil on Tracing Paper
While I’m waiting on the wood paneling and other supplies before I can begin painting on The Core Collection, I came across an old unfinished painting of mine from a few months ago. After my trip to Georgia it’s been kinda hectic and this past week felt like the right time to work on it, so here’s that painting and the process of evolving which is still untitled.
And I bought those canvases to create new work. As it is, even when I’m not busy, I’m still busy. At any given time, I have new artwork ideas just floating around in my head and there’s never enough time in the day; heck not even sometimes enough time in a year to complete any of them. So what do I do? I become very ambitious and start two series of paintings at once. In addition to the “CC 20/20” here’s a little something I’ve been working on called “Getting Dress.”
“Getting Dress,” was something I started about 6 years ago. It was only recently, several good friends of mine really encouraged me to revisit that body of work. So I decided to add-on 12 more paintings to that series. These paintings are on the whimsical side. They take a cheeky look at the ritual of “waking up in the morning” and “going to bed at night.” I wanted to take a minimalistic approach to these paintings while adding a vintage look. To keep it simple, I kept to a limited color palette, made all the figures silhouette and used silk screening for the figures.
Here are the first 6 paintings out 12. I still need to do some tweaking here and there but they’re coming along nicely!!!
It’s that time again, another “CC 20/20” portrait sketch just finished!!! As I go through each portrait of these women, it has been both a pleasure and challenge to work on. The pleasure is creating something beautiful, but starting a new piece is always a challenge. Every new piece of artwork at some point begins to take on a life of its own and usually at that point I like where it’s going. As a personal challenge, I hope to capture the personal beauty that each of these women poses. And lastly, I hope each of my models are genuinely as satisfied with the final outcome as I am.
Happy Tuesday everyone and thanks for all of your support!!!!