Lot 180 - Ellen Akimoto - Bird Vase
Acrylic, Pencil + Tracing Paper on Paper
A6 (10 x 15cm) Original Artwork
Signed on verso
Ellen Akimoto was born in Westlake Village, California in 1988. She studied at the California State University, Chico, the College of Art in Mainz and as a master student of Annette Schröter at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig. Her work features human and animal protagonists, stylistic contradictions and spatial organisation that departs from the expected linear perspective. Her practice brings together traditional painting with computer generated imagery.
Ellen Akimoto lives and works in Leipzig, Germany.
2006 - 2011 BFA, California State University, Chico. Chico, California
2010 - 2011 Kunsthochschule Mainz, Germany. Studied under Professor Anne Berning
2014 - 2016 Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig, Germany. Meisterschülerin in the class of Annette Schröter
Digital Smear, Frankfurter KunstSäule, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
Dissipation Dance, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
Ellen Akimoto, at Galerie Heimat, Saint Rémy de Provence, France (solo)
Infrarosa, with Anna Nero, Galerie Kramer, Bremen, Germany
> 1000 Worte Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt, Germany
Creamy Feelings Curdle, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
SUPER! Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany
Tilted Lens, Galerie Oel Früh, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
Nous qui désirons sans fin, Galerie Jeune Création, Romainville, France
Protagonists, Galerie Rothamel, Frankfurt am Main, Germany (solo)
AWARDS, SCHOLARSHIPS, RESIDENCIES
2021 Galerie Heimat and NG Art Creative Residency Art Prize, 3 week residency and solo exhibition
2019 Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant
2018 Arbeitsstipendium from the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.
2015 DAAD Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates
Galerie Rothamel in Hessen, Thuringia and Baden-Württemberg in Germany
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The two works created for the Art on a Postcard Winter Auction are variations on themes I've been working on in the last year. The vase is a recurring subject for me. Something about the vase as an object that can contain something but also have imagery projected onto it – an item both practical and aesthetic – makes them endlessly interesting to work with. "Bird Vase" uses an image I previously worked with, which I warped on the computer. "Vase on a Cartoon Pedestal" is a simplified version of work I was creating recently while in residency in Provence, in which I would take photos of the surrounding landscape and create gradient backgrounds based on the colors I was seeing. On these backgrounds I would paint vases based on reference images I created using 3D software. In the software I would create virtual glass vases, which I would "place" in front of the photographed landscape. The resulting image was two different abstractions of the same landscape.
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