Thinkspace Family on Instagram: 4

On Instagram, you will always find us posting sneak peeks, studio shots, and the work of our Thinkspace family from around the world. Follow the accounts of those artists and you’ll get a sneak peak into their lives and creative process. To continue our series, Thinkspace Family on Instagram, here are the accounts of our current exhibiting artist, Amy Sol and KIKYZ1313, along with the work of other inspired whimsical detailed artists.  The Instagram accounts below are in the following order; Amy Sol, Kelly Vivanco, Alison Sommers, KIKYZ1313, Ozabu.

The last day to view Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” and KIKYZ1313’s “Progeny of Chaos” is this Saturday, April 23rd. Catch up on the inspiration behind the exhibitions in our interview with Amy Sol and KIKYZ1313 and visit the gallery during our hours from noon to 6pm, today through Saturday.

all nighting 🌙🎨 #oilpaint #wip

A photo posted by Amy Sol (@amysol) on

Slowly🐌#kellyvivanco #tendrils

A photo posted by Kelly Vivanco (@verpabunny) on

Somehow, this manages to constitute hours’ work. #gouache #greyday

A photo posted by Atelierbetriebe A. W. Sommers (@allisonsommers) on

wip for my solo show in Sep at @thinkspace_art

A photo posted by おざぶ (@ozabu) on

Amy Sol’s ‘Miora’s Cup’ Print Available Online This Friday.

amy sol print

We will be releasing Amy Sol’s ‘Miora’s Cup’ print online, this Friday at 10:00 am PST. You can purchase the print on our website at thinkspacegallery.com/shop and view the original piece now at Thinkspace Gallery.

Amy Sol
‘Miora’s Cup’
18×24 inches
Edition of 40
Signed and numbered by the artist
Giclee print on 300gsm stock
$150 each

amy sol drawing

Amy Sol’s “Garden Garmine” Featured on Hi-Fructose.com

HiFructose Amy Sol

Hi-Fructose features Amy Sol’s exhibition”Garden Gamine” discussing her creative process and the organic inspiration behind the work.

Visit Hi-Fructose’s website for the full feature.

“Experimenting with mediums is the phase I am in right now”, says Sol, who just started using oil paint a year ago. “It is a huge challenge for me, and I feel it’s good because there are so many possibilities to be explored. My biggest rule is to trust my instinct.” – Amy Sol

Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” & KIKYZ1313’s “The Progeny of Chaos” Opening Reception Recap

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

Last weekend Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” and KIKYZ1313 “The Progeny of Chaos” opened to a great reception with a modest line forming before doors. KIKYZ1313 set the mood for her exhibition in the project room with pink walls and an ambient noise track looping throughout the night. A number of pieces from Amy Sol sold throughout the night with only a few pieces still available. Both exhibitions are on view through April 23rd, the details in both artists work must be seen in person.

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception photo by Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 opening reception - Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Bryan “Birdman” Mier

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

amy sol and kikyz1314 Opening Reception Photo Courtesy of Sam Graham

 

View all the pieces from both exhibitions on our website.

All photos are courtesy of Bryan”Birdman”Mier and Sam Graham. 

Creative Process, Works In Progress : Amy Sol & KIKYZ1313

Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” exhibition in the Thinkspace Gallery main room and KIKYZ1313’s “Progeny of Chaos” debut exhibition with us in the project room, opens only a few days from now. The pieces are being arranged and hung, but the process from panel to our white walls isn’t a fast one.

Below are insights into the artists’ creative processes and teasers of the works in progress shared on Instagram. Please join us this Saturday, April 2nd for the opening reception of both exhibitions from 6-9pm.

Read our full interview with Amy Sol here

glaze on glaze off 🙆🙇 #oilpainting

A video posted by Amy Sol (@amysol) on

Amy, walk us through what a day in the studio looks like?

When I’m prepping a body of work I tend to, for better or worse, compartmentalize my life to an extreme. I have to do this in order to have the energy and time to create. My life bar is not very strong, so I have to use it wisely. That involves having to isolate myself a bit… so less internet, e-mails and interaction in general. If I’m lucky, it is just me in a room, with plants, my dog, coffee, lots of decent listening material, and a block of time to paint and do nothing else.

#🎨life 🐢🐢🐢 A photo posted by Amy Sol (@amysol) on

It takes time to for an artist to develop their voice and style, then once they have defined who they are as an artist they must continue to push and grow without losing their voice. Amy, as you’ve been in the post-contemporary world for nearly 10 years now, how do you push yourself to grow and experiment while still maintaining your unique style?

Experimenting with mediums is the phase I am in right now, I just started using oil a year ago. It is a huge challenge for me, and I feel it’s good because there are so many possibilities to be explored. My biggest rule is to trust my instincts. If I get a new idea, I try it out. I can’t put much energy into thinking where it will all lead to and how it might change me. I just try it, and if it doesn’t work I can paint over it. If I am excited to paint and getting something out of it, I feel I’m on the right path. Being in that mindset isn’t always as easy as it sounds but it’s what I aim for.

Read our full interview with KIKYZ1313 here.  

  This one is slowly coming to life 🌼🌿(showing one of the boring parts only) #theprogenyofchaos #thinkspacegallery   A photo posted by Kikyz1313 (@kikyz1313) on

KIKYZ1313, walk us through what a day in the studio looks like?

The studio is next to the bedroom, so as soon as I wake up , about 9:00 in the morning I like to go and check whatever I did last day in case my eyes were too tired and see if I messed it up in some way, relieved or worried I take a breakfast and start working in the drawing till 13:00 hrs approximately to do some grocery shopping for the day’s meal and go back home to cook. I like to take a little 20 or 30 min of rest and then I continue where I left the drawing. Around 19:00 hrs I take another half hour of spare time, play with the cat, social media, e-mails, etc. and go back to the drawing table for another couple more hours and finish the day with a nice cup of tea and movies. I usually do between 8 to 9 hours drawing, but when I’m in a rush for something I can even spend 12 hours drawing a day, and still it is hard for me to keep up with most of the artist out there, but really hope the effort stands out from every drawing.

 

Thinkspace Presents New Works by Amy Sol for “Garden Gamine”

Amy Sol Postcard

Thinkspace is pleased to present Garden Gamine, featuring new works by Amy Sol. Born in Korea, where she spent much of her childhood, Sol now lives and works in Las Vegas, NV. A self-taught artist, she has developed and refined an intuitive technique over many years, mixing her own unique pigments and mediums to create signature palettes, and working primarily in thinly layered acrylic on wood panel. Her illustrative paintings and works on paper are dreamy and beautifully stylized. An artist whoembraces the Golden Age of illustration’s simple expression of narrative, Sol’s concise work perfects visual storytelling with fantastic imagery.

Sol is known for her paintings of graceful nymph-like girls and their sympathetic animal companions. Fundamentally a storyteller, her images capture surreal encounters, moments, and characters. Her figures seem suspended in dreamlike states, arrested in thoughtful and meditative trances. The ambiguous postponement of time and action in the works contributes to their otherworldliness; they are somehow nostalgic and frozen, like glimpses into a fabled past or a mythic, narrative dimension. Owing to this feeling of whimsical detachment and playful idealization, her imagery conveys an almost childlike sensibility. Though Sol explores imaginative themes that fascinated her in her childhood, she incorporates a subtle element of melancholy, a quiet shadow of adult sadness and reserve to deepen and offset the overall tone of the works.

amy sol new work

Inspired by a variety of graphic and artistic traditions, Amy Sol combines several aesthetic influences in her imagery. Among them, she cites Japanese Manga, Korean folk-art, Celadon ceramics, Japanese Studio Ghibli animation, Disney, and vintage 19th century and early 20th century illustration. Among the Golden Age era of illustrators she admires are Arthur Rackham, known for his phenomenally detailed line work and silhouette cuts, and Kay Nielsen, an early 20th century Danish, Art Nouveau illustrator who eventually created for early Disney. Her understated palettes, use of natural imagery, and preference for graphic and linear detail attest to her love of early vintage illustration, while her cartoon-like animal companions and their surreal, childlike encounters, reveal an affinity for stylized comics. The combination is undeniably spellbinding.

The dreamscapes in which Sol’s characters find themselves tend to be sparse, abstract, and atmospheric, contributing to an overall sense of surreal dislocation. Preferring to paint on wood panel for its smoothness and organic texture, Sol balances the linear and graphic quality of her aesthetic with a feeling of softness, flow, and warmth. Her custom palettes are entirely her own, and in this new body of work she continues to explore the possibilities of monochromatic ranges, moving away from golden muted sepias to the incorporation of warmer, and more saturated, pink and purple hues.

Join us for the opening reception of Amy Sol’s “Garden Gamine” Saturday, April 2nd from 6 to 9 pm.  The show will be on view through April 23.