Earlier this Spring I began working on a group of paintings I called the Sister paintings. The work slowly developed into a series as I explored solid structures and the space they share on the canvas. What ultimately evolved were eight paintings created in pairs. The paintings in each pair mirror each other.
Sisters often share intense similarities and differences with each other—a deep fondness despite one sister tolerating an annoying habit of the other, or being “rubbed the wrong way.” Amidst that range of emotion in sisterhood is an active, palpable strength—a lively discourse—which I was moved to capture through the vigorous lines in these paintings.
As an active user of the Instagram and Tumbler social networks, I decided to title this season’s art shows with hash tags. Use #bigfatpaintings to find my work on those networks, and #expressiveart to view a body of work by a large community of expressive artists.
About Olivia Stark and Stark Gallery
Working with acrylic and mixed media and through Automatic Drawing, Olivia Stark paints primarily in Abstract Expressionism, relying on shapes and energy as a means of expressing the subconscious.
Creating from the immediate, her impulsive, dynamic marks create an alchemy, a story about this very moment, a memory, or what is possible.
Stark Gallery is open during Gallery Nights from 6pm to 9 pm and by appointment. Contact Olivia at 406.249.2279. The gallery is located on 3rd Street above Bookworks and among therapeutic practices such as massage, acupuncture, and counseling.
Olivia is a native Montanan and has shown her work at her gallery for three years. She brings and energetic and vivacious quality to contemporary abstract art.
Olivia’s artwork is also being shown at Walking Man Gallery.