Alison Van Pelt: A Painter’s Touch

Alison Van Pelt is a Los Angeles painter who demonstrates a breezing and blurring technique in her paintings that combines the meaning of motion painting and photo-realism.  She bases her work around found images, such as popular celebrities, historical figures and animals, drawing them with a foundation of a consistent eye and minute composition. She builds upon her drawing through layers of oil paints that is treated with a blending motion creating a textured blurring effect that moves horizontally and vertically on the canvas. Viewing Alison’s artwork closely, her details are seen analytically deconstructed with a form of realism, and with a softened approach through each wisp of her brush stroke her figures can be seen as abstract. Her portraits generate an idolized feeling, a sense of longing, all the while the gesticulation of the paint creates a vanishing illusion.

Alison Van Pelt studied art at UCLA, Art Center, Otis Parsons and the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. She has had solo-exhibitions all over North America and Europe, and will have an upcoming exhibition at Ochi Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho this December 17th. She is currently on view at The  Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University thru December 5th, 2010, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263 For more information on Alison Van Pelt, visit
Eli Consilvio