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Lesley Vance

Born 1977 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California

Inspired by the seventeenth-century Spanish still-life tradition, Lesley Vance carefully arranges and lights objects such as fruits or shells. The artist then photographs these arrangements, and the resulting images serve as the basis for her abstract paintings. Vance creates these paintings by manipulating wet paint with a palette knife, erasing and editing her strokes until she feels that the final form has revealed itself. Although these works lack any perceptible trace of the original photographic composition, they retain the intimacy and refinement of a traditional still life.

Read about the artist

Five From the Whitney Biennial: Lesley Vance
Art in America (February 2010)

Art Basel Miami Beach: Doing More with More
New York Times Magazine (December 2009)

The New Romantics
Artforum (January 2004; note: registration required)