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Monday, February 18, 2013

Mythologique: the figurative work of Patricia Ariel and New Icons : the Works of Brazillia R. Kreep

Red Raven Gallery presents New works 

by Seattle artist Patrica Ariel

“Whenever I wanted answers or inspiration for life and art, it was not in the mundane or in the ordinary life that I looked for them, but in the unlimited world of my inner reality. This world, inhabited by mysterious places and people, has its own stories, its own rules, its own wisdom. I am only the storyteller.

I think of my work as a celebration of the human experience in what they have of sacred and profane. My language is the one of beauty and emotion, composed upon a hybrid of drawing/painting. Graphite drawing of classically constructed bodies, rendered with oil, acrylic washes and abstract embellishment, reflect the point of contact between the physical and the reality of dreams, spirituality, and abstract perceptions. I create my own mythology; characters, stories, fables, worlds that speak and connect with the viewer through the language of symbols and archetypes.  Themes like transformation and transitions, the human duality, spiritual and emotional experiences, and the ties of man with nature and the raw forces of life are often explored. Since I focus primarily on the female figure, I can say that my work is also about the the female experience according to my own vision of the feminine: power, creation, energy, witchcraft, life. My women are forces of nature, sorceresses, bearers of darkness and light.”

Artist of surrealist and visionary themes, Patricia was born in 1970 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived and worked until moving to the United States. Since she was a little child, she has been enjoying to give life to her private world through her drawings and writings. She has been drawing since the age of three, never remembering a single time of her life when she was not exploring some type of creative language. She has been also a performing artist, acting, dancing, and singing since her late teens. Although in part self-taught, she has had some formal training in visual arts that included academic drawing classes and a background in Fashion Design. Her love for teaching took her to a bachelors degree in Art Education with a specialization in History of Art from the Rio de Janeiro State University. But it was just after leaving her homeland that she considered the possibility of becoming a fine artist more seriously. Currently she has been consistently working as a fine artist, illustrator, and designer,  basing her images on her passion for the figurative art combined with ornamental abstracts. Her inspiration and aesthetic references come from several sources, from the theater and ballet to Eastern Art, from the Art Nouveau and Jugendstil to contemporary Pop Art, including occult symbolism, Tarot, Astrology and metaphysics.


Brazillia R. Kreep New Icons



Brazillia R. Kreep aka R. Richard O'Donnell.. coming fresh off his smash hit cabaret play last week, 'Bite Me!' He debuts his 2d work for the first time in Port Townsend.  His recognizable portraits stand out as pop culture icons in his own unique style of macabre tongue in chic retro.

The Kreep first appeared on Halloween, 2007 as a weekly column published by webzine Static Multimedia. The column, under the banner of Kreep's Korner, reviewed classic and contemporary horror films in rhyme which were also linked to a weekly podcast on iTunes, voiced by creator O'Donnell and engineered by Eric Hoffhines.[1] Formatted to resemble a penned letter to its readers, Kreep’s Korner included historical facts and an original poem about the film with the reoccurring sign-off of "In Eternity".

In 2008, O'Donnell began blogging regularly under "The Kreep" banner. Gothic poems in verse dubbed "Kreeplets" appeared almost daily, illustrated with original art, and covered a variety ofmacabre topics such as vampires, ghouls, and goblins. Other topics outside the sphere of horror included homelessness, love, war, and poverty. Additional blogs began reposting The Kreep such as In Shadows, Dirty Wings, and Gothican on a regular basis.


Opening Reception for the artist is March 2 2013 
5:30-8:30 pm 
Red Raven Gallery 
922 Water st. Port Townsend
360.385.1493