Detail of "The Things We Forget"
Olivia Stark was born in 1964 in Kalispell Montana and is a mixed media artist and painter. She has participated in group shows and several solo exhibits in both Whitefish and Bozeman Montana. She is primarily self taught in the style of work she prefers to make and key themes in her work have centerd around impulse and self expression. She is seeking Gallery representation in NY, LA and London.
I paint what I need to see and so I go looking. There is the moment when the surface is clean, void, open, full of possibilities. Then the body makes marks. The mind sees and responds. There is magic in affecting the outcome of a painting. Creating movement. Something that changes the space it inhabits. I experience my art as engaging, evoking, inviting, intriguing. A verb. This is me being here on this planet, in my studio, in my body, in my stories and all I have to do is keep painting.
I find my best work is through improvisation. A resourcefulness that limits overthinking. Sometimes I use organic symbols or simple activation of mark making. Either way, my art is about movement. Moving energy that is internalized. Creating space for effort and problem solving. A kind of primary for the developement of confidence and an activation of personal assertions. It is in making art that I look for opportunities to transmute my own groundswell of emotion on any given day. I presents this work as a "shared" phenomenon with all human beings. My goal is to reveal the essence of the paintings, include the viewer in my assertions and offer new possibilities.
Ecce Gallery, Bozeman Montana
Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish Montana
Stark Gallery, Whitefish Montana
2008- "Circles" Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2011- "Bones" (Colaborative with Artist Kerry Nagel) Stillwater Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2015-"Inspired Delineation" Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2015-" New Work" Stark Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2016- "Sister Paintings" Stark Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2016- Juried Auction Missoula Art Museum, Missoula MT.
2017- "First It's Mine, Then It's Yours" Walkingman Gallery, Whitefish MT.
2017-"I Am A Place On This Earth" Ecce Gallery, Bozeman MT.
1998- 2000 Flathead Valley Community College- Fine Arts Degree
2001/ 2003-2004 University Of Missoula - Fine Arts Degree/Major in Psychology/Minor in Dance
Ecce Gallery-Bozeman 2017 "I Am A Place On This Earth"