Back in my gallery days, the gallery owner I worked for had a way of describing work that I’ve held onto ever since– it either has soul or it doesn’t. Work either grips you by the heart and spirit or leaves you cold. These figurative paintings by Seattle artist Olivia Pendergrast are filled with raw, honest emotion.
The artist has traveled through Africa and Haiti, immersing herself in the people and culture of each place. Indeed, each portrait captures the mingled innocence and heartache of the people she encountered.
The muted palettes and sketchy lines bring to mind the sadness that permeates each country, and elongated limbs and fingers bely the fragility of life.
All images are via the artist’s website.