ENDS OCTOBER 2nd
As a female artist living in San Francisco during COVID-19, I created this collection of new original oil paintings as my artist response to the crisis. These small-scale, affordable artworks will brighten any home office or apartment. All prices include free domestic shipping. Read more about the inspiration behind this collection below.
Photo courtesy of Amy Tam
Hi! I'm Ingrid and I enjoy making visually entertaining paintings that reflect the feminine spectacle. My paintings engage with the aesthetics of joy as laid out by Ingrid Fetell Lee. Lee describes expressions of joy as a form of resistance, a theory that resonates with me. My work has been shown in the Bay Area at Voss Gallery, New York at the Untitled Space, PULSE Miami with Treat Gallery and internationally in South Korea at the CICA Museum. I'm happy to share this new collection with you, enjoy!
Cheery and bright, this Merry Kitschmas! collection of 25 small-scale, oil paintings acts as my artist's response to social distancing and isolation due to the pandemic. Each painting, executed in oil on panel, is a portrait-style celebration of a kitschy, holiday, still life object often with paired with a brassy feminist title.
With this new body of work I sought to address the psychological needs of my viewers during this challenging time, particularly those experiencing loneliness and depression. Scientific studies since the late nineties have discovered that the feeling of nostalgia counteracts difficult emotions like loneliness and can even be so powerful as to bring physical warmth to the body. This fascinating psychological phenomena informed my thought process while developing this cheeky collection.
In Merry Kitschmas! I’ve combined nostalgic, still life objects like dancing santa ornaments and jingle bells with pale pink backgrounds. This specific pink color is known to ease anxiety in viewers. This collection of oil paintings is meant to call up cozy memories of the past, all sprinkled with kitschy elements. I’ve decided to deep dive into kitsch with this body of work as a means to make the work accessible, relatable and therefore more widely impactful. My research on nostalgia, kitsch and the color pink for this collection will be shared in my artist blog as this collection is released. With a dash of humor and kitschy nostalgia, I present Merry Kitschmas!
Receiving Your Painting
The handmade, original oil paintings from this collection are all on (7/8" depth) cradled panels. I use professional grade, handmade, oil paint and the work is coated with a Gamvar Varnish (UV Protection). The painting comes professionally wired and ready for hanging. Each painting is signed on the back and labeled with information about the work. Before shipping I wrap the painting in archival glassine paper and several layers of thick packing material with care. I ship via UPS, insured and with tracking. Thanks for taking a look and let me know if you have any questions by emailing ingridvwells[at]gmail.com, I'm happy to help!