Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 6-9 pm
Loved Ones features portraits of pets and people by five Los Angeles-based artists: Debra Broz, Carrie Hansen, Ashley Mistriel, Maria Pineres and Lena Sayadian. Custom commissions featuring your favorite pet or person start at $100. Order yours by Dec 5th and give the perfect holiday gift.
About the Artists:
Ashley Mistriel received an MA with honors, emphasizing in painting and illustration, from California State University, Northridge in 2014. Through a combination of drawing, painting, collage, and printmaking her work focuses on the complex relationships within the family. She references personal and found photographs of the mid-twentieth century to explore and compare a shift in cultural values towards commitment, accountability, and responsibility.
Carrie Hansen is an award-winning textile designer, illustrator, and a lifelong artist. Her pet portraits, under the name Kindred Brute, give her the opportunity to share her love and affinity for animals, and honor their place in our lives. Kindred Brute takes its name from the poem “Epitaph to a Dog,” written by Lord Byron for his beloved dog Boatswain. There is something so simple yet profound about the love we have for the special animals in our life. With each portrait I hope to convey not just an animal’s physical presence, but their unique personality as well.
Debra Broz has always loved animals, secondhand shops, and unusual things. After receiving her BFA she trained as a ceramics restorer. Around 2006 she began rescuing abandoned figurines from thrift stores. Using her ceramics restoration skills she dismantles and combines, then seamlessly restores them to create uniquely twisted fantasy pets.
Maria Pineres was raised raised mostly by her grandmother who introduced her to traditional fiber and needle arts at an early age. She had a strong interest in visual arts, studying painting at the Art Students League and illustration at Parsons school of Design. Eventually she combined the love of picture making and fiber and started to create images in needlepoint. Maria has mounted nine solo shows between DCKT Gallery in New York and Walter Maciel Gallery in Los Angeles and has exhibited in numerous group shows.
Lena Sayadian is a Southern California native who received her MA from Cal State University of Northridge with an emphasis on painting and illustration in 2013. Her work focuses on balance in nature and the innate qualities that animals have in common with humans. Her mission is to help spread compassion and understanding while educating people about the importance of nature.
For more information contact:
Melinda Simon Fay (323) 255-4538 or firstname.lastname@example.org