Kat Von D’s Wonderland Gallery

I’m very excited to be a part of the upcoming group exhibition, I Want to be First, at Kat Von D’s Wonderland gallery!

Opening night is March 23rd, 7pm, 1257 North La Brea Avenue, West Hollywood.

Wonderland is celebrating the women who stand up and say, “I want to be first”. The concept is about not only embracing the empowered independent woman, but also spotlighting these female pioneers of the arts and sciences. It celebrates the driving creative force behind female artists and historical figures. Artists were asked to take their inspiration from the first woman who inspired them, or perhaps their own pioneering spirit.

My piece is called Contemplation. It plays on questioning ones life direction, what is important and how to get there. The dark background symbolises the solitude of these moments and the moth is a light of hope, a sense of having a gardian angel close by.

Some work in progress pics…

Started with a monochrome underpainting. Was great to focus just on light, shadow and form without the complication of colour.

Adding the colour in thin layers.

A close up, sorry it’s blurry!

In her frame!

I thoroughly enjoyed working on this little oil on canvas piece (approx 16 x 22 cm). I have been playing with oils on and off for the past few years, this it the first piece that has been finished! I think, with the other failed pieces, I started too large! I’ll slowly build up to larger pieces ;)

A huge thank you to my brother, Jono, for the use of one of his photos, from his Girl and a Wolf series, as my reference photo, to the model Katie, Makeup Artist Mary Li and stylist, Noni Mansourian!


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