New York City artist Keltie Ferris is on the Artists You Need to Know watch list according to fashion experts at Refinery29. Her rebellious paintings are covered in all sorts of material which create depth. The mélange of oil pastel, acrylic, oil paint, and spray paint is bizarre and beautiful. In her video Keltie Ferris Spray Paints in Solitude she talks about using sprayers intended for painting cars to make her designs. She wants to expose the city’s industry through abstract paint. Her inspirations include Josef Albers and Albert Oehlen. Although she names many artists as idols, her work is playful mix of Albers’s geometric rigidity and Oehlen’s fluidity. In this way she captures New York City.
Her Manhattan studio she notes that “painting is one of the oldest things in the world…when you make a painting you have no idea how long it will last.” Like New York itself, the world of paining is uncertain in its longevity. Ferris sees her paintings as a way to see through “to other worlds; like maybe hiding and exposing a road system on top of a subway system under an air traffic control system.” Checkout her work and you will see exactly how this dimensions play out. The Horton Gallery site has a wonderful spread of Keltie Ferris’s paintings.
Ferris is still fairly new to the solo scene, having made her debut only three years ago with Horton Gallery. Her career has taken off since with several exhibitions across the city. So after some delightful digging I absolutely agree with Refinery29’s addition of Keltie Ferris to the watch list!