Vanessa Lemen(Born 1970)
Oil on panel
24 x 18 inches
BIOGRAPHY - Vanessa Lemen (Born 1970)
Vanessa Lemen is an award-winning painter who lives and works in Carlsbad, CA. Her work has shown in galleries and exhibitions internationally, and is in private collections internationally as well. She is represented by Rehs Contemporary Galleries in NYC. With eight paintings exclusively published in the new Illustrated Limited Edition of The Left Hand Of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin (Easton Press/MBI, Inc) released in 2018, her work has also been published in such art books as Spectrum, Women of Wonder, The Journal, and Infected By Art. She has also been featured in articles in magazines such as American Art Collector, ImagineFX, and Poets And Artists. Vanessa also writes monthly columns for the Muddy Colors blog, and has been interviewed by The Dark Art Society podcast, the One Fantastic Week webcast, the Everyday Artist podcast, among others. Her recent work has earned her The Chesley Award and other awards in publications such as Infected By Art, as well as Art Renewal Center's ARC Salon, and participation in the International ARC Salon Exhibition.
Described through metaphorical imagery, it's excerpts from her personal journey and reflection that she credits most as the inspiration for her work, and rolling with the unexpected as the very nature of her process. Much like the spontaneity of a dialog, the marks on the surface are what evoke a response and then a discovery, and a possibility of something new to form. Each piece she creates seems to come from a chaos, and in it, she is able to create a place of reflection and curiosity, a balance of the deep-seated and the unknown, with areas of rest and of movement that intertwine to form a calm amid the chaos.
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