VICKI LONG | 11 Images

Vicki Long received her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. from California State University, Long Beach. After studying with Paul Wonner, one of the original Bay Area Figurative artists, she is regarded as a third generation figurative artist. She is influenced by the work of Richard Diebenkorn, Manual Neri, Nathan Olivera, and David Park. Vicki creates her art in her Napa Valley studio.

Using strong gestural marks of Abstract Expressionist style, she creates bold figures against contrasting backgrounds. Starting with painting from the live model, Vicki then begins to deconstruct the image by blocking off bold areas of color and emphasizing outline. Her figures have a strong, weighted presence due to thick outline and a strong sense of setting. Floors, chairs, and benches set up every day scenes in which her her unique figures live. Vicki’s work is reminiscent of the great artist Alice Neel in the bold approach to outline, solid forms, and addition of varied color.

Vicki says that, “The figure, and its connotations, are a never ending source of inspiration for me.” Her figures are grounded in the human condition and reveal the strengths, weaknesses, hope, and survival of human life.

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