Raised among Beatrix Potter’s woodland creatures in a nest of drawing supplies somewhere in Southern California, Kelly Vivanco grew up with a confident hand, an acute sense of color and a wealth of playful intuition. Seeking to express a childlike perception of endless possibility, she paints a mysterious world in which young people and charismatic animals are busily engaged in their lives. Although her work brings to mind the great children’s illustrators of the turn of the century, its vintage storybook sensibility is made contemporary by the self-possessed attitude and quirky style of her subjects. In many of her paintings, it is the eyes that captivate the viewer – they are deep, glistening pools of emotion that can evoke a narrative in a glance. Yet her goal is to leave their meaning open to interpretation, so as to allow an infinite potential of stories and associations to unfurl.
Springs to Mind will exhibit through February 26, 2011.
6009 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232
Hit the leap for a selected preview of Vivanco’s latest paintings.