Local Artist In Residence
18th Street Campus | 1659 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Yvette Gellis, (MFA, Claremont ‘08) lives and works in Los Angeles. Her earliest work featured large-scale architectural abstractions imagined to challenge the norms of painting and push the boundaries of abstraction. These works often moved beyond the canvas into 3-dimensional space allowing the viewer to experience multiple vantage points while setting up structures that echoed or reiterated the impermanent and mutable states depicted in the painting. Her most recent body of work developed during the pandemic, has become more figurative and personal in its presentation, continuing her investigation into nature and recognizing “the interconnectedness of all people and all life within it”. She unveiled this new direction in her Fall 2021 solo exhibition, “Verdure” at LA Louver Gallery in Venice, California. Also in 2021, she completed a public art commission for the City of Santa Monica – “Sacred Spaces” a beachfront 450-foot mural, spanning the length of the Annenberg Community Beach House. Current selected group expositions include: “New Work” at LA Louver Gallery, “Four Generations of Abstract Expressionism” at the Brand Art Center and “Objective / Non-Objective” at FOCA Los Angeles.
Ms. Gellis has exhibited in museums and galleries in Austria, France, Taiwan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Phoenix and New York. Her work has been reviewed extensively in art publication and there are numerous catalogues and books documenting her exhibitions.
In addition to her own studio practice, Gellis has taught at Pepperdine University since 2014 and has curated exhibitions locally and internationally. Her work can be found in numerous public and private collections worldwide.