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We are beyond excited that we have added four new artists to Olson-Larsen Galleries. So without further adieu, here's a little about each of them.

We had been hearing about Christopher Chiavetta from multiple sources for a while now, and after seeing his work in person at his show with Transient Gallery, we knew we wanted to work with him. Each painting by Christopher Chiavetta begins with a dominant color. Not working with a strategy for completion in mind, he intuitively alternates between defining shapes and patterns while structuring the space around them. Elements of composition—such as foreground and background, horizon line, and perspective—remain important, although not always employed in traditional ways. Of his work he says, "I do not think of the abstract as non-representational. I use abstraction because it allows me to build images that are many things at once: static and in flux, corporeal and ethereal, shadow and light." More about Christopher here

Christopher Chiavetta, Chasm, Oil and acrylic on panel, 36 x 36 inches

We first partnered with Paul Konchagulian to participate in the Clive Art Along the Trail Exhibit this year. His sculpture, Idiot Wind can be seen at 114th Street & Walnut Creek Bridge until mid-October. Paul Konchagulian is an Armenian artist whose grandparents came to America seeking refuge from the Armenian Genocide or what traditionally they referred to as the “Great Crime”. He was raised with a profound sense of his cultural heritage as well as a deep sense of pride and respect for the country they had recently immigrated to. Growing up under the cloud of atrocity often felt overwhelming and learning how to honor his family’s past yet embrace the future has been the driving force behind Paul’s art. Sculpting primarily in steel, Paul believes that this metal doesn’t have to be geometrical or rigid. His vision is to explore the softer more malleable side of steel’s properties while still maintaining its visual presence and strength.

Paul Konchagulian, Big Brush

Upon seeing his work, this statement by Stephen Metcalf, “Simply put, I believe my work is about the act of painting" makes a lot of sense. Digesting that thought further, Stephen writes “My paintings, which are non-objective, have influences in the environment. As a painter, my journey is one of discovery through the exploration of ideas, materials, and process. My techniques, which are my own, were not learned or invented in order to paint but were discovered through the act of painting. Each painting is a record of my journey and I invite you to engage in your own personal dialogue with them."  It's exactly this approach that allows Stephen's work to engage the viewer in an intimate way. Learn more about Stephen and see more work here.
Stephen Metcalf, Dancing til I'm Dizzy, Oil on paper, 22 x 15 inches
When Levi Robb brought his artwork in to be framed, we were instantly drawn in and wanted to know more. A few weeks later we asked him to join the gallery! Growing up on a farm in Southeast Iowa, surrounded by vast expanses of space, dense timberland and the Mississippi River played an important role in shaping Levi as an artist and designer, and the way he visually sees and perceives surroundings. This vernacular has stimulated his obsession with scale, furthermore, how scale can be shifted and manipulated within a painting, print, drawing or sculpture. Robb's 2D work aims to evolve into substance that is sculptural in nature through the exploration of material, space, and repetition. He writes, "My current work is less about a single object or image and rather how the eye reacts to a certain surface, pattern or texture within a particular space. I use the practices of painting, drawing and printmaking to layer media until arriving at a pleasing accumulation. More about Levi here
Levi Robb, Collapse, Printing ink on Japanese paper, 39 x 26 inches
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