oil on canvas
40 x 36 In
Beth by Angela China
Part of a Guy Hepner and Avant Arte collaborative exhibitionAll Art Everything showing from April 9th to April 29th in SOHO.
Guy Hepner and Avant Arte aim to merge the boundaries of technology and art. The exhibition presents a collection of the most trending artists currently online, and explore the current fascination of social media, technology and the contemporary artist.
Beth by Angela China
About the Artist:
Perhaps the most startling aspect of Angela China’s meteoric rise in the New York City art scene is that this self-taught, realist painter did not begin painting seriously until moving to Manhattan in 2010. As a child growing up in Baltimore, Ms. China’s artistic skills were apparent. But for a myriad of reasons, she stopped painting upon entering high school. Now in her Manhattan studio, Ms. China (pronounced Key-nah) has re-found her calling as an artist.
Having had the opportunity to work alongside several well-known, New York artists, has added to Ms. China’s growth and reputation. In the spring of 2013, she was invited to present her work with some of these artists, at a group show in SoHo called “Somewhere Only We Know.” A few months later, she was fortunate enough to find a mentor in Alison Van Pelt, who has provided Ms. China with guidance and inspiration. In September 2013, her art was featured as part of the prestigious New York’s Fashion Week. Moreover, Ms. China has quickly established an eclectic group of collectors and as a result, she is able to paint full time.
For Ms. China, painting is a form of self-inquiry and self-expression. All of her paintings are, in essence, self-portraits. On the surface, her work is often viewed as “fun” and “sexy.” However, on closer examination, her use of iconic images and designer brands construct and then deconstruct an “ideal”- an ideal that she views as an unattainable standard of what society dictates she should be. It is evident that the inspiration of her work derives from her own inner conflict. Despite the dark undertone, her work invariably portrays the elements of hope, humor and humanity.