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Yvette Gellis Exhibits Her Recent Series of Paintings at L.A. Louver

Yvette Gellis paintingFrom September 14 to October 16, 2021, L.A. Louver, a contemporary art gallery in Venice, California, will present a collection of paintings created by Yvette Gellis, visiting assistant professor of art at Seaver College. The exhibition, entitled Verdure, features new paintings created in the past year, Gellis’ personal and emotional responses to current events.

“My long-time investigation into painting took a turn. What is it like to be alive today during a pandemic watching the drama of our lives unfold? Deep in isolation, this series of paintings comes from my soul as my most authentic and relevant work to date.” Gellis shares. “The figures emerged from somewhere inside of me, into the here and now. Some days the work was a direct output of what was happening internally, and on other days it reflected as a counterpoint to the negativities occurring on the world stage. I was giddy with joy in the studio. I fell in love with the figures like a divine romance.”

Verdure, Gellis’ first exhibition with L.A. Louver, is part of the gallery’s series celebrating emerging and underrepresented artists.

Two paintings hung in a white gallery“The vital energy of Gellis’ lush canvases manifests both in form and material,” the gallery shares. “Throughout the exhibition, Gellis harnesses paint, color, and depth in a direct conversation with the social environment, proposing a gentler, more expansive mode of relating to the world.”

Yvette Gellis has been based in Los Angeles since the late 1990s and has taught at Pepperdine since 2014. She earned her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Her work has been shown in several solo exhibitions, including The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, Conflux City festival in New York City, and the Dival Historical Church and exhibition space, Villenaux la Grande, France.

Founded in Venice, California, in 1975, L.A. Louver gallery is committed to contemporary art through a distinguished exhibition program of Los Angeles-based and international artists. You can find more information about Yvette Gellis: Verdure on their website.