“Yellena James typically works on a small, intimate scale. She mentioned to me moths ago that she wanted to do something on a large scale for her upcoming show at Gallery Hijinks in San Francisco, but I had no idea how far she would run with the idea. Last week I had the distinct pleasure of visiting her home studio to see the new work before it was packed up to head to the Bay. I knew I was in for a treat, but when I walked into the studio my breath was taken away. On the wall was an unstretched canvas several feet wide. Possessing all the grace, balance and intricacy of her smaller work, Yellena’s large painting has a commanding, audacious presence. Yellena’s husband Andrew was kind enough to find me a chair so I could sit in front of it and soak in its presence for awhile. I’ve known Yellena since 2008, when she had a solo show, “Stasis,” at the gallery I curated for in Eugene. It has been an honor and a pleasure to watch her grow and explore and to see that her get the love and recognition her talent deserves. The fact that she was able to leap from drawing on a small scale to a painting of this size and make it look so easy is a testament to Yellena’s natural talent. She was nice enough to send us an exclusive studio shot of her working on the painting.” Read more here.
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