About The Artist
B. (1984) Chicago, IL. USA
Primarily self-taught artist, ESS22, focuses on painting female figures using ink on paper.
Their emotive figurative artwork and illustrative style draws upon more than a few influences, including: German expressionism, an intuitive aesthetic, printmaking, textiles, alternative/punx aesthetic, and tattooing.
Painting on paper using ink (formerly spitshading figures before Covid-19), and sometimes adding watercolor is a fitting working medium to explore how female persons (are allowed or dare to) take up space in the world.
(Much like the artist behind the works on paper, there is often an inner conflict, moving from predominantly black and grey or deciding to work in color.
At times, the figures are alternate shadows of the self in a tangible form, or simply following the spirit of the brush and the moment.)
ESS22’s painted female figures explore the fear of powerful female persons (who don't rely on sexuality as strength, nor give into playing frail, vulnerable, exploited creatures for allure).
Subtly, each figure defends their right to their existence when others would rather see them silenced, diminished, or exploited for profit and entertainment.
December Holiday Show, Laguna Art, CA, December 2022
The Holy Art, Art on Loop, UK, December 2022
"The Business Card Art Show," JKR Gallery, UT, September 2022, Group Show
Las Laguna Art Gallery, CA, "Women in Art," July 7 - July 30, 2022
HelvetArt, SWEDEN, Online, July 2022 Group Show
Rochester Contemporary Art Center, NY, "ROCO 6x6," 2022, June 3 - July 17, 2022
"11th All Women Art Exhibition," January 2022, Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery - Special Recognition
Surface Art Gallery, UK, International Postcard Show, January 2022
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, "10th All Women Art Exhibition," January 2021
Contemporary Art Gallery Online, "All Colors," December 2020
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, "Black and White," July 2020
Las Laguna Art Gallery, CA, "Monochrome," April 2020
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, "Red," February 2020
Sticker You Presents "Repeeled Art of the Sticker Show," Toronto, CANADA, January 2020
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, "9th All Women Art Exhibition," January 2020
Red Studio Garage, MN, "Slideshow Sideshow," September 2019
Las Laguna Gallery, CA, "Comics, Anime, Cartoons & Fantasy," April 2018
Art Hole UK Magazine No. 3, August 2020
The Artblog, Artists In The Time Of Coronavirus, Spring 2020