Ann Van Oppen

Anne Van Oppen

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I was born and raised in Southern California. After twenty plus years of living, working and playing in other parts of the country I moved back and met my husband. We live on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. My working years were spent in the apparel industry. Skiwear in Vermont and surfwear in Hawaii. I was an apparel and surface designer often using relief prints to achieve a desired effect or application.

Valentina Mogilevskaya Quezada was born in Odessa, Ukraine and grew up in Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives.  Valentina earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from UCLA in 2012, where she also minored in Visual and Performing Arts Education. She is a practicing artist and educator working throughout the greater Los Angeles area in organizations such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Hollywood Bowl, and Barnsdall Arts. She is currently the Youth and Family Programs Specialist at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Valentina’s artistic practice is influenced by her heritage, soviet history, and Surrealism. Her art explores themes of female aesthetics, Eastern and Western binaries, and familial lineage. She works in multiple mediums including collage, intaglio printmaking, drawing, and painting in her Koreatown studio.
I want my paintings to speak for themselves. I look for a certain power and simplicity in my work, images that work at a gut level which also invite a wry, humorous look at life. I like to challenge bland emotions and poke fun at sacred cows.The roots of my work are in expressionism; my influences are from everywhere: a childhood in West Africa, French political posters of May 1968, Topolski’s sketchbooks, Munakata’s woodcuts. I also admire Chinese brush painting with its object of capturing a single Zen moment in a few simple brush strokes.My themes are grounded in everyday life, in my experience of life as a woman. As an artist I like to work within the traditions of art and history, at the same time to play with its icons and stretch its boundaries. My subjects are landscapes and people, animals and flowers, dancers and musicians, a celebration of life.Art for me is not only about life but a way of adding to it, exploring it. I think with my brush. I think about the marks I make. I want to blow fresh air into established ways of looking at life and constantly to redefine myself and my relationship to the traditions of art.
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