Victoria Veedell

Moments in Nature

ARTIST STATEMENT

Places have a memory, a history, a feeling that we connect with. These memories, like faint echoes, are revealed as light moves across the landscape, transforming the color and texture of a place. It is these moments and experiences that I capture in my atmospheric landscape paintings.

My fascination with the landscape stems more from an interest in exploring our primal connection to the land rather than a focus purely on the aesthetics of a place. My paintings trace the effect light has on a location, how it leaves its mark on the landscape, how it illuminates the essence of nature–creating different moods, transforming a scene, drawing us in, focusing our gaze, changing the temperature physically and emotionally, and capturing movement. Combined, these elements relay the feeling and memories of a place. My paintings are a snapshot of a particular moment in time. Recording these moments is an act of resistance documenting places that are threatened by increased urbanization and catastrophic climate change. They are a call to preserve these places and a reminder of the important symbiotic relationship that we have with nature.

Travel is an integral part of my process. Participating in artist residencies around the world–Japan, India, Finland, and Iceland–allows me to explore different landscapes and record the dramatic shifts in light and color in various geographic locations. During long walks, I immerse myself in the feel and texture of a place recording my observations in photographs and small studies. These studies become the basis for my series.

Using oil paint on canvas, paper, or wood panel, I begin with loose underpaintings of bright pink or yellow that will peak through the final layers. Successive layers of color build to create ethereal luminescent compositions that reveal the emotional feel of a place. Light is the focus of my compositions, the real subject of my work.

Ultimately my work is about chronicling timeless moments in nature where we feel a sense of serenity and a connection to the land. This is the gift I want to share with you.

 

BIO

Victoria Veedell captures the essence of nature by examining the effects of light on form in the natural world. Known for her unique approach to the landscape that focuses on relaying the emotional memory of a place, the fleeting moments in time, Veedell’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally and appear in numerous private and corporate collections. Throughout her prolific career spanning over 20 years, landscapes remain the focus of her work.

Participating in artist residencies is an integral part of her art practice. Exploring different landscapes allows her to capture the dramatic shifts in light and color in various regions and hemispheres in the world. Her paintings not only record the fleeting moments of light in these diverse locations but are records of landscapes that are being permanently transformed by climate change. Her travels brought her to Japan, India, Finland, Vermont, and California.

After receiving a BFA in painting from Texas A & M Corpus Christi, Veedell attended L’Ecole Albert Defois, Association D’Ateliers D’Art Internationaux, Les Cerquex, France and then studied painting at the graduate level at NYU. She worked for over six years in galleries in New York City before moving to Tokyo. Veedell spent two years exploring Japan and other parts of Asia before settling in San Francisco in 2003. A Houston native, she now resides in San Francisco.

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Solo Exhibitions
2020 Moments in Nature, Avenue 12 Gallery, San Francisco
2019 Recent Paintings, Arata Gallery, Benicia, CA
Landscape Imagined, City Hall, Benicia, CA
2018 Tranquility and Light, Glade Foundation Gallery, The Woodlands, TX
Tranquility and Light, Throckmorton Theater Gallery, Mill Valley, CA
2017 Hanging Gardens, Aerena Galleries, Healdsburg and St. Helena, CA
Winter’s Dawn: October in Iceland, Arthouse Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2016 Atmospheric Landscapes, Sundance Kabuki Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Through the Landscape, Gifts of Art Gallery – Taubman Health Center, Ann Arbor, MI
Landscapes: Seen and Remembered,  Four Barrel, San Francisco, CA
2015 Towards the Light, City Hall, San Francisco, CA
Reflections and Light, Harrington Art Center, Pleasanton, CA
Landscape Imagined, Lobby Gallery, 455 Market St., San Francisco
2014 Golden, Secession Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Paintings from Chalk Hill, Collector Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Atmospheric Conditions, 201 California, curated by William Torphy, San Francisco, CA,
Atmospheric Conditions, Marilyn Citron O’Rourke Art Gallery, Benicia, CA
New Paintings, 500 Howard St., San Francisco, CA
2013 Slow Drift, Sundance Kabuki Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012 Atmospheric Conditions, Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Atmospheric Conditions, Metro Gallery, Reno, NV
2009 Art of Zen – inspired by Japan, Elastic Creative, San Francisco, CA
2008 Discovery Series, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
2005 Visions and Imaginings, The Gallery at Penn College, Williamsport, PA Travel Notes, Benicia Public Library Art Gallery, Benicia, CA
Visions and Imaginings, Sylvia Winslow Gallery, Maturango Museum, Ridgecrest, CA
Passages, Mill Valley Art Commission, Mill Valley, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020 4 Square, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Ground Upon Which We Stand,  Abrams Claghorn Gallery, Albany, CA
Women Rising, The Drawing Center Annex, San Francisco, CA
Where The Journey Takes Us, Gualala Arts Center, Gualala, CA 20/20 Vision, Far Out Gallery, San Francisco
2019 Worth A Thousand Words, Bankhead Theater, Livermore, CA
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Farthest Point, Four Barrel, San Francisco, CA
Sanctuary, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Movers & Shakers Women in Art, Drawing Room, San Francisco
A Winter’s Tale, Bothwell Arts Center, Livermore, CA
Snap, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2018 Group Show, Arata Gallery, Benicia, CA
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco
JCO’s ArthausVibrant Visions, Juror: Matt McKinley, SFWA Gallery, San Francisco
Art Comes Alive, ADC Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH
Group Show, Art and Heart Gallery, Spring Lake, NJ
Persistence, Museum of Northern California Art, Chico, CA
Dream, Juror: James Baachi, (Arthaus Gallery, SF), Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Land and Sea, Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY
Snap, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Landscapes by Victoria Veedell and Jenny Wantuch, Grey City Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2017 Small Things, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, Lafayette, CA
Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ecological Resilience, with Heather Robinson and Cindy Shih, Secession Art & Design, SF, CA
Sakai City · 50th Anniversary Project, Sakai Museum and Gallery Ironhi, Sakai, Japan
Atmospheric, San Ramon Valley Conference Center (Slate Consulting), San Ramon, CA
Terrain, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Impulse, Arc Studios and Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 Tiny, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Square Foot, Aqua Art Miami, with Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
Local Abstract Landscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Group Exhibition, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art at the Triton, curated by Matt Mckinley, Hotel Triton, San Francisco, CA
Art Comes Alive, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Blink Group Show, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Abstract Landscapes and Cityscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Point of View, Juror: Alan Bamburger, SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Terrain, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Landscapes, Temporary Storage Gallery, BFP Creative, Brooklyn, NY
West Coast Best Coast, WestPark Workshop Gallery, Blue Line Arts, Roseville, CA
Aqua, Juror: Susan Snyder, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, Route One, Point Reyes, CA
Impulse, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2015 Square Foot 3, Projects Gallery, Miami, FL
It’s the Little Things, Confluence Gallery, Twisp, WA
The Tiny Show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Abstract Landscapes and Cityscapes, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Beautiful Planet, El Camino College Art Gallery, El Camino College, Torrance, CA
2014 Salon at the Triton, Statewide 2D Competition & Exhibition, Juror: Preston Metcalf, Triton Museum, Santa Clara, CA
Winter Group Exhibition, Robert Allen Fine Art, Sausalito, CA
Pacific Bridge: Art from sister cities, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
Art Comes Alive, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Bringing Down the Walls, Vango art, Tank 18, San Francisco, CA
Statewide Painting Survey, Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA
Through the landscape, San Francisco Convention and Visitors Center, San Francisco, CA
2013 12 x 12, Modern Eden Gallery, San Francisco, CA
12 x 12 Invitational, Cabrillo Gallery, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
Hello Artspan, Big Picture Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Best of SOMA, Juror: Heather Villyard, Director Artpsan, Triptych, San Francisco, CA
Out of the blue, Juror: Ruth Braunstein, Braunstein Gallery, GRO Gallery, Point Reyes, CA
City Center Presents, Curator: Alexandra Lee Cefalo, 1111 Broadway, Oakland, CA
2012 The Tiny Show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Art First, The Village Shops and Galleries, El Cerrito, CA
Small Works, Juror: Jeff Guido, Long Beach Island Foundation, Loveladies, NJ
Capturing Light, Kyoto Museum and Sakai Culture Center, Japan
Art Blast, McKinley Art Galleries, Reno, NV
The San Francisco Show, Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Flora and Fauna, Russian River Art Gallery, Guernville, CA
2011 Small Works Show, ArtWorks Downtown, San Rafael, CA  2011 National Juried Exhibition Juror: Kate Eilertson, ACCI Gallery, Berkeley, CA
The Gift, Market Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
May Show, Gualala Art Center, Gualala, CA
Northern California Artists’ Spring Show, curator: Deborah Mills Thackrey, Art at Axis Gallery, San Jose, CA
Visionary Landscapes, Curator: Saiko Matsumaru, Rotunda Gallery, USF School of Law, San Francisco, CA
In the Atmosphere, Curator: Matthew McKinley, Sutter Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco CA
Landscapes, San Francisco Convention and Visitors Center, San Francisco, CA
River Art, West Shore Gallery in Wormleysburg, PA
2010 Green, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
Painting Only, Juror: Charles Hespe, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, CA
Summer Group Show, Gallery 28, San Francisco, CA
Surface/Tension: h2o, Juror: Donna Seager, Gallery 111, Sausalito, CA
Nature’s Treasures, Contemporary California Landscapes, Juror: Richard Mayhew, Santa Cruz Art League, Santa Cruz, CA
Passage of Time, Arata Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Artist Residencies
2020 Kulttuuri Kauppila, Ii, Finland
2016 Gulkistan Artist Residency, Iceland
2014 Chalk Hill Residency, Healdsburg, CA
2008 Artist Grant, Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
2004 Kamiyama Artist in Residence, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan
2002 Chitraniketan Residency, Kovalam, Kerala, India
2001 Artist Grant, Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Awards
2014 APG Purchase Award, Art Comes Alive, ADC Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
2009   Artspan Juror’s Choice Award, Diane Dunn, Marin Arts Council, Elizabeth Nicholaou,The Shooting Gallery, Jen Rogers, Varnish Fine Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Education
2007 Printmaking Workshop, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
2004 Taking the Leap, Emeryville, CA
1994 Graduate Study, New York University, New York, NY
1990 B.F.A. Texas A & M Corpus Christi, TX
1990 L’Ecole Albert Defois, Association D’Ateliers D’Art Internationaux, Les Cerquex, France

Reviews
Painting Nature through Abstraction, by Cassie Behle, http://emptyeasel.com/2011/10/05/victoria-veedell-painting-nature-through-abstraction/, October 5, 2011
“S.F. Artist brings her works to BPL Gallery”, by Jennifer Gentile, Benicia Herald, 2005
“Nature on Canvas”, by Hari Sundar, The Hindu, Thiruvananthapuram, August 25, 2002
“Rebirth in Canvas For Colours of Memory”, Deshabhimani, Thiruvananthapuram Edition, August 27, 2002

Publications
Studio Visit Magazine, 2018
MFA Never,  Root Divison, 2016
Blink, 2015, 2016
American Art Collector 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015 editions
River Art: 2010 Susquehanna International Art Competition

Gallery Representation
Aerena Galleries, Napa, Healdsburg, St. Helena, CA
Carre` D’artistes, Sedona, AZ

Collections
Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, Boston, MA
Adobe Systems Inc., San Jose, CA
Borel Private Bank and Trust Company, San Francisco, CA
City of Kamiyama, Kamiyama, Japan
Arnold & Porter, LLC, San Francisco, CA
Northwestern Mutual, Atlanta, GA
The Ellington, Oakland, CA
Sutter Health CPMC Cathedral Hill Hospital, San Francisco, CA

Avenue 12 Gallery
1101 Lake Street at 12th Avenue
San Francisco CA 94118
415-750-9955