When we went to the UCLA Open Studios a few weeks back, there were a lot of stand out artists, many of whom we somehow didn’t get a chance to share. One that slipped through our fingers was Theodora Allen. She had a little, quaint studio setup in a space much like a little hallway and was chatting with a few people: we only got to pop in and out of her space to see her work. While poking around the Internet recently, we happened upon her work again and remembered that she was on that we had wanted to share.
Theodora’s work is this wonderful meeting of abstraction, minimalism, music based art, realism, and fantasy. She captures the essence of musical artists, performers, the act of listening, and playing music through paintings that show detail a Joni Mitchell type performing to a packaged record propped up against a wall. Her work is very dreamy, carrying these whimsical, sleepy, almost 1960s folkpop aura about them. They really are some beautiful pieces.
Her work is very similar to Atilio Pernisco, whose work we shared earlier this week–Theodora’s work is just a little more abstract. Take a peek at her website for more samples of her work and keep your eye on her: she will undoubtedly provide album artwork for a recording artist very soon.