"Nearly 1/3 of the mural 'Ode To Bohemia,' which runs about 150' down and around the length of a building and its corner. Located at the intersection of the downtown LA Art's District and Skid Row, on 7th and Mill" "Completed 'The One With The Bubbles' mural, located on East 3rd in the LA Art's District" "Back in the 20s and 30s of the last century, the LA Zoo housed not only "zoo" animals, but also those retired from performance. As such, the zoo enclosures often had bizarre things, like tightropes, in the animal enclosures. I found several photos of lions on tightropes in the old LA Zoo at the LA Library photo archive and they have inspired many of my works, including the mural in the background of this photo (which also shows a copy of the library photo). This mural is located at 806 Mateo, LA." "While I don't usually map out paintings before making them, I do plan out murals. This photo was taken in my studio and is my first sketch for 'Ode To Bohemia.'" "I'm working on a series of 101 pieces- 101 from the 101. It's a pretty literal title! These are all landscape-y vignettes of experiencing the view from a car or train window on the 101 highway between LA and Santa Barbra, Ca. When completed, the body of work will include 101 original works. But I am also working on releasing a selection of limited edition reproduction prints from this series through my website. The prints released will all be in editions of 101 snd signed, and a portion of the proceeds of these sales will go to the ALS Association." "A drippy, color detail from a work in progression the studio. This piece is from my "Yosemite" series, and is being painted on raw linen. I love layering paint on raw fabric, because it offers a lot of play between where the paint absorbs and becomes entwined with the raw fabric fibers, and areas where the paint is layered and layered with a physical, dimensional opacity." "Completed painting in the studio. 'Yosemite Valley, Lilac'" "Despite will and want, sometimes the work just doesn't satisfy. The frugal thrifter in me can not abide simply throwing failed work away, though. Everything is something, or it can be. I frequently cut out and save the parts of paintings that are working and re-work the remaining bits into other projects." "In the studio, I'm also making these little painted, 3-D, collaged viewfinders. I'm thinking a lot about memory. The way memories morph, and the space between the interpretations that two people my have of a shared experience, and then later, of their shared memory." "In my studio books, headphones, and coffee are just as important as paints and brushes." "Also from the 'Yosemite' series, this is a painting/drawing atop a monoprint. The base of the work is a transfer oil drawing on paper, which I then worked into with pastel and gouache."
Kim West studied painting and printmaking at Smith College and Amherst College. She graduated from the painting department at the Rhode Island School of Design and immediately began exhibiting in Boston, MA. Her work continues to be exhibited, collected and commissioned by everyday people, art collectors, celebrities, corporations and educational institutions.
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