Valley of Flowers by Valerie Pobjoy
Oil on Panel, 20″ x 16″
Current Exhibition at Flower Pepper Gallery: Wild Heart from February 4th – March 6th, 2017
Previous Exhibitions at Flower Pepper Gallery:
- 5th Year Anniversary Show from December 10th to 27th, 2016
- See The Stars from September 17th to October 11th, 2016
- Happy Collect: A Cash & Carry Exhibition from July 9th to August 9th, 2016
- LA Art Show 2016, Littletopia curated by Red Truck Gallery
- 4th Year Anniversary Show from December 19th, 2015 to January 19th, 2016
- Foliage from September 5th to October 6th, 2015
- Cash And Carry 5
- Cash And Carry 4
- Cash And Carry 3
- Cash And Carry 2
- Syncopated: Four Audio Tribes from March 7th to April 7th, 2015
- The Brave Ones from Oct 10th to Nov 5th, 2014
Art Center College of Design.
BFA in Illustration | Fine Art with Honors. 2014.
“I was born and raised in Los Angeles. After receiving my education from Art Center College of Design, I continue live and work out of Pasadena. My work is rooted in history, I draw inspiration from Dutch masters such as Vermeer, to French modernists like Degas. Down to earth portrayals of everyday life is something I find beautiful and aim to express with my own work.In traditional oil techniques I portray my world through intimate portraits and street scenes. I paint friends and strangers, amidst the subculture of night life and heavy metal in Los Angeles.”
“Valerie Pobjoy’s rich painting style re-embodies the Dutch masters in an entirely new way that is full of emotion and understanding. Her piece for this exhibition, Valley of Flowers, depicts Holly, who many will recognize from Pobjoy’s previous work. The texture and beauty of this piece is remarkable as she elevates a simple mundane moment to something filled with nostalgia and idealism. This piece all at once captures the hope and melancholy of love and portrays it in a way that is endearing and timeless.” – from Press Release of current show Wild Heart by Emiko Woods for Flower Pepper Gallery
“Valerie Pobjoy has taken techniques inspired from the Dutch masters and French Modernists and has made them her own. Her rich color palate is striking against the velvety shadows with scenes from her everyday life, while her intimate portraits and street scenes show us the beauty of what we might otherwise over-look. From stormy days to sub-culture nightlife, her world is documented and preserved with such care that it inspires us to look at our own life and discover the hidden moments which deserve recognition.” – from Press Release of See The Stars by Emiko Woods for Flower Pepper Gallery
“Pobjoy is taking classical techniques and standing them on their arcane heads. She applies a masters’ hand to the grime under our feet, and, wait for it, makes us actually feel something. She is able to convey so much raw emotion in the most unlikely settings. I look at how she renders the metal kids at shows, and grand symphonic orchestras play in my head. There are sad, lurid tales being told in the silence of the seedy urinals. There’s a theatricality, a noir at work in the simplest of her portraits. She’s honors the history of art in her technique, while creating wholly new content.” – from “Artist of the Year: Valerie Pobjoy” by Keith Dugas (KrossD)
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The oil painting Sink by Valerie Pobjoy for our booth at LA Art Show 2016 has been chosen by Huffington Post as BEST PUNK ROCK FEEL TO VALERIE POBJOY
Walt Morton’s Picks: The Best Paintings at the LA Art Show, 2016 by John Seed on 01/31/16
“Documentary and gritty, this smells like the real deal. One of the best paintings of a dirty sink I have ever seen. We’ve all been in this bathroom, alas.”
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Artist Website: http://www.valeriepobjoy.com/