Featured Artist: Victoria Castillo

Gloria having fun painting Longhorns at Del Mar Fair 11 x 14 2015

"I am a figurative painter. I like the poetry of the human form in light-infused settings. Sometimes I paint women in bright, sunlit gardens to catch the sparkling light off the planes of their faces and collar bones. Other times I work in cool, quiet interiors where the light is soft and envelopes the model.

The marvelous thing about paint is that it can be used to create the illusion of the natural world, while at the same time being obviously paint, with abstract and beautiful qualities all its own. I never want my paintings to go too far in one direction or the other (either too polished and “realistic” or too abstract) – the tension of that middle ground excites me. I want you to see the brushstrokes and gobs of paint when you get up close to one of my canvasses.

Often I dress my models in antique silk kimonos and drop-waisted dresses from the 1920’s. I use the clothing because it fits my personal aesthetic. I like art deco lines and shapes. I choose colors and patterns that bounce light and allow me to “riff” (like a jazz artist) with my brushwork, creating beautiful abstract patterns.

The women in my paintings are strong, they are not merely decoration as found in many impressionist paintings of the last century (though they may be dressed in similar clothes). My women own their space. They are in the garden, playing the piano or at the dining table because it gives them pleasure. They inhabit an inner world that I hint at in each painting."

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Paintings by Victoria:

10" x 8" Oil on Canvas

"Against the Light"
10" x 8" Oil on Linen

"Quince Kimono"
20" x 10" Oil on Linen
(Available thru Abend Gallery Fine Art)

"Crimson Sash"
40" x 20" Oil on Canvas
(Available thru Abend Gallery Fine Art)



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