Bonnie Star is a painter, photographer, and jewelry designer based in Los Angeles, California. Her vibrant and emotive artwork explores complex perceptions resulting from the interplay of fluidly layered fields of color, integrated luminosity, and rigorously manipulated surface conditions. Star’s alluring compositions harness the subtle tension between simultaneously revealed and hidden dimensions, and inspire viewers to delve beyond initial appearances, in search of more challenging and visceral insights.
In September 2017, Star’s acrylic paintings will be featured in a solo exhibition at the Jean Albano Gallery in Chicago. This pivotal show expands upon her successful presentation at the 2017 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, where Star’s work was highlighted by a panel of distinguished curators, designers, and critics in the coveted Art Palm Springs SELECTS series. Other recent group exhibits include, Art Hamptons 2016, iSHOW at the Van Vessem Gallery in Tiverton, Rhode Island (2015) and Urban Sensuality at Artspace Warehouse in Los Angeles (2015).
A native of Potomac, Maryland, Star grew up surrounded by creative family members who nurtured her lifelong artistic pursuits. She was a Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth arts scholarship recipient, studied painting at the University of Maryland and the Corcoran School of Arts and Design in Washington, D.C., and continues to pursue imaginative methods of expression at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado.
My paintings are expressions of the duality between the serenity and chaos within ourselves and the broader natural world. The ongoing evolution of my work, reflects my recent emergence into an empowered personal realm. This moment has inspired a more fearless and fluid creative process that celebrates inevitable imperfections and harnesses the latent potential of unforeseen challenges.
Each canvas is an investigation into how the manipulation of intense colors, powerful patterns, and intricate textures, may influence our moods and inspire heightened levels of awareness. Bold, primary layers of paint represent our subconscious and provide a foundation for an applied series of softer blended acrylics, which are then vigorously carved away, to reveal an activated dialogue between previously hidden hues. The resulting multicolored vestiges of paint from these mined surfaces are often combined and reconfigured into gemlike forms that are then reapplied to specific portions of the composition. The resulting visual harmony is a mysterious expression of deliberately focused tension and ethereal light.