Join me at Tonic on Union and Polk St Tuesday May 15th for a solo exhibition of my thesis body of work and to celebrate my graduation from the Academy of Art University Masters Program! Opening reception from 7 - 11pm. No cover charge & all are welcome to attend.
The works will be up through May 22. Hope to see you there!
Completed in just under an hour, this 10 x 10 oil on canvas study of a lemon is a more expressive, playful piece. Revisiting my pop-art roots of pin striping a canvas and overlaying an image, I applied this process to my thesis subjects of fruits & vegetables.
Every painting begins with a sketch. Here is a thumbnail of "Lemon", my current work in progress, taken from my sketch book. You can see how much the initial drawing evolves from its first stage into a final completed painting.
* This painting has been sold
Arriving to my studio last week, a friend had picked lemons from her tree for me to paint. This is a 9 x 12 oil on canvas study for a current larger work in progress. Using the tools of dynamic symmetry and palette knife, "Lemon" is my most abstract piece to date.
This 9 x 12 oil on canvas panel is one of the first of the series. This is evident in the experimentation of color, value and texture noticeable in this piece. Completed in Spring 2011 from natural light and a still life set up, it is a study for a larger painting.
Simone Lopes is a native California artist. Studying Fine Art at the USC Roski School until switching to a Bachelor's Degree in Art History, Simone graduated from the University of Southern California in 2008. After a short stint working with appraisers at Sotheby's, Simone decided to become an artist and went back to school to study Fine Art Painting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Currently in her last semester at AAU, Simone is developing her thesis work on semi-abstract still lifes while participating in community and university art shows in the Bay Area.