Create Perfect Paintings: An Artist's Guide to Visual Thinking

by Nancy Reyner

South Bay Magazine

Vanity Fair Magazine


Current Topics In Contemporary Art


One of the many galleries we visited was the George Billis Gallery located in Los Angeles, which has become an area for contemporary art. There were several artist featured in this gallery, which included the works of Bonita Helmer, David Shevlino, and Vezna Gottwald...  

...Furthermore, the final artist that our group took into account was Vezna Gottwald, an abstract painter. The reason our group found her so intriguing was because of the beauty of her work that takes the form of thick brush strokes. The brush strokes are compiled to create a texture surface with the balance of colors and spacing. Her painting entitled, “Initiation” demonstrates this successfully since she was able to balance orange hues in contrast with gray and black, yet is not overpowering. The title of the piece only adds to the unity of the painting because the viewer understands the purpose, which is emphasizing the beginning of something monumental or not depending on how a person perceives it. Ultimately, Gottwald’s style of abstract work is very rich, colorful, and soothing to look at.  

Current Topics In Contemporary Art

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