On View: October 12, 2020 – January 15, 2021
Saturation is a group artist exhibition featuring works by Heather Lynn, Sweta Shah, Meg Biram and Michelle Izquierdo. This show was produced in partnership with Client Raiser and was guest curated by The Yard’s Head of Art Program, Michaeline Sander.
This exhibition brings together the works of 4 women artists from surrounding areas in Washington DC and Virginia. When deciding on artists and works for this show I was drawn to these pieces for their use of color and texture within the art and their strong voices as artists. All of these artists’ styles are very unique from one another yet complementary. Their saturated use of color and abstract context is what binds these works thematically.
Why Saturation? Saturation can speak to the deep rich palettes found within these works, but also doubly connects with this moment in our history as a nation and culture. It is the one word that best describes how I personally feel about the 24-hour news cycle, social media, and the world of politics that no one can escape. We have all reached this point of saturation. With this show I hope you are able to take a moment to find a breath in these beautiful works by studying their technique and considering the emotions they evoke within you.
All sales from this exhibition will be handled by Client Raiser and directly benefit the artists.
About the Artists:
Heather Lynn is an abstract mixed medium painter located in Washington, DC. She specializes in large scale residential, commercial and commission work. Heather’s work is often dense with her self created texture mediums and constructed with vibrant color, movement and depth.
Heather has experienced great success as a professional artist with representation in Washington DC, New York City, Miami and Paris. She loves competing in juried exhibitions and has exhibited across America and Europe. She loves working with art consultants, interior designers and collectors to find the right piece in her inventory or in a commission for a client.
Her recent exhibits have included the carousel of Louvre in Paris, Superfine DC, Miami Art Basel Events of Red Dot Miami and Spectrum Miami, the 1St Dibs Gallery in NYC, the NYartGallery in NYC. In 2021 Heather will be exhibiting in Paris, Cannes, Venice, Switzerland, and in numerous US cities.
Sweta Shah is an American painter living in Vienna, VA. Originally from Mumbai, India, Sweta moved to Virginia in 2001 where she started her design business. Formally trained as a fashion designer, Sweta started painting at the Art League School in Alexandria VA which is a part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Abstract figurative and abstract narrative are her main genres of painting. Along with abstracts, making art that is socially relevant is something she enjoys. Sweta studied at The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and earned her Applied Sciences degree from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.
Sweta’s style is strongly influenced by her multicultural exposures. Having lived half her life in Mumbai, her experiences give her diverse perspectives that try to break barriers in the stories and narratives she paints. Her work is rooted and yet contemporary. Her philosophy is to largely let the process dictate the decision making, whilst not losing vision for the work. Sweta paints in both semi-abstract and abstract styles in acrylic and mixed media and her subject matter choices draw from human behaviors.
In 2014 Sweta started painting full time, and began regularly showing her work in juried shows at The Art League Gallery in The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria VA. She shows at galleries in the Greater Washington metro area, such as The Athenaeum Gallery, The MPA, Gallery B in Bethesda, MD. In Philadelphia, her works have been featured at The Rush Arts Gallery and has worked with the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation where some of her paintings were re-appropriated to be sold as postcards to fundraise for programs benefiting children. In New York, her work is being shown at The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery and she is scheduled to have her in person show in January-February 2021. She has participated in approximately 40 group shows, one of which got featured in The Washington Post Art and Style section. Sweta recently won “The Art League Award for Best in Show” for her painting called “Embrace” and another ‘Best in show’ award for a painting from the Embrace Series which is showing at The Athenaeum Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, which is home to The NVFAA (Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association). The Embrace series is soon to be featured by a local magazine, Elan, which will write about her artistic journey and her latest socio-political work called “Black Lives Matter”, a series of 5 paintings, which will be published soon. Currently her paintings are exhibited on the east coast in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and internationally at The Palazzo Ducale in Genoa, Italy and Gallery Cael in Milan, Italy. Sweta now paints full-time in her home in a suburban neighborhood of DC.
She is currently represented by The Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in Chelsea, New York.
Meg Biram is a contemporary artist in the Washington, D.C. area focusing on painting, collage, and sculpture. Through the abstraction of shapes, symbols, and expressive motion her work explores close-held emotions, heartbreak, the female body, heritage & personal identifiers, obsessive behavior, current events, and her interpretation of the world. With a degree in journalism, her work is rooted in stories, concepts, and deeper meanings. Using paint, mediums, resin, clay, metal, fabric, sand, vintage items, and other materials she explores texture and concept. She has also painted over 30 murals in the U.S. and has collaborated with companies like Uber, HP, and Pratt & Lambert. Meg works out of her Northern Virginia studio and sells work nationwide.
Michelle Izquierdo earned her BFA from the University of Maryland. She draws inspiration from the vibrant images and different textures observed in everyday life. She’s exhibited her work throughout the Mid-Atlantic as well as New York and London.
Danielle Glosser of Client Raiser
Danielle Glosser is the Principal of Client Raiser, a business dedicated to helping artists to increase their client volume and the visibility of their art. Since 2014, she has worked with artists across the country in support of their professional goals. Danielle’s expertise in strategic planning, project management, research, writing, and networking comes from years of working and building relationships in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors on social justice issues from inner-city schools in Oakland, California to The White House. These professional opportunities — coupled with her personal belief that the arts are central to igniting conversation and enhancing human understanding — moved her to help artists with the business elements of their practice and to share their work with the world. Emerging and established artists alike begin with Client Raiser’s in-depth interview process, which results in a tangible assessment of their art practices and concrete next steps for advancing their careers. Danielle is a 25+ year resident of Washington, D.C. She has led workshops with arts organizations across the region, including the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Hamiltonian, Transformer, Washington Project for the Arts, Halcyon, Superfine! DC, D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Gateway Arts District, VisArts, Washington Sculptors Group, Women’s Caucus for Art, Artomatic, District of Columbia Arts Center, Montgomery Arts Association, and Capitol Hill Arts League. She also is a member of ArtTable, a leadership organization for women in the visual arts.
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