Exhibition Dates: February 14 – March 30, 2019
Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6 – 8pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, March 9, 2019
Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce a collaborative exhibition of work by two LA artists, opening February 14. Dark Room by Shay Bredimus and Sarah Abramson. Having shown regularly with Koplin Del Rio at its former location in Los Angeles since 2009, this marks the first solo exhibition in Seattle for Shay Bredimus and it is the first time that the gallery is showing the work of Sarah Abramson.
Shay Bredimus | Dark Room
A figurative painter and well known tattoo artist, Bredimus employs languid and gestural marks using tattoo ink on drafting film to portray spontaneous, yet controlled modeling techniques of his subjects. The artist’s classical training in portraiture is evident, to which he depicts aesthetic influences from Japanese tattoo and Ukiyo-e prints. In this most recent series of paintings, Bredimus employs both of these background interests from the intuitive brush drawings of past series, as well as the delicate, refined, and graphic nature of his tattoo art expertise.
The Dark Room paintings shift between intense contrasts of light and shadow, thus existing in a space between abstraction and definition. The works, which references the figurative photography of LA based artist and collaborator Sarah Abramson, highlight a space between reality and perception.
Bio | Shay Bredimus
Shay Bredimus earned an MFA in 2008 from the Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna, California and a BFA in painting from Emily Carr University in Vancouver, Canada in 2004. He has studied under mentors F. Scott Hess, Stephen Douglas and Wes Christensen, among others. In recent years, Bredimus’ work was has been in solo exhibitions at Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA (2018); San Luis Obispo Art Center, CA and Fresno City College, CA and numerous group shows in Hong Kong, Seattle, Las Vegas and Carlsbad, CA. Bredimus has earned critical praise with feature articles in the Huffington Post, Culture Magazine, Evolved, Prophets & Poets, Arts Journal and Inked. A survivor of a traumatic brain injury that occurred at age ten, Bredimus uses this catalyst event to make visual language as his primary mode of expression. Bredimus is a renowned tattoo artist, tattooing in Long Beach, California at Outer Limits Tattoo.
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