Daily Artsy Figurative Paintings

Fragile Souls: Olivia Pendergast

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.

Pendergast_Yellow Jumper Untitled by Olivia Pendergast

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.

Untitled by Olivia Pendergast Untitled by Olivia Pendergast

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.

Side of the Road by Olivia Pendergast

 Want to see more of Olivia Pendergast‘s work?  Please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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