With influences ranging from Helsinki to Maine, the award-winning artist Kayla Mohammadi‘s abstract paintings will be exhibited in a solo show at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine, from August 14 – September 14, 2013. The alluring forms and patterns in her paintings reflect the varied influences in her mind. Originally from Northern California, as well as having lived in Seattle and Chicago, Kayla currently resides in Boston, MA and South Bristol, Maine. We caught up with Kayla to find out a little bit more about her work.
For the last two years, I have had a studio at Fenway Studios. It’s a beautiful space in the city to be able to work, and just a few blocks from Fenway Park.
Kayla in her Fenway Studio with her dog.
My paintings start with an idea and is painted using acrylic paint. I work in acrylic until I feel that I have the composition and structure I desire, and then I use oil paints.
Last summer I traveled to Finland, inspired there by Helsinki’s design district and museums. I came home to my studio and the Maine landscape and sought, in my new paintings, to describe a space defined by color and overlap of shapes.
The images below show a painting before and after. I had initially thought the piece was completed, but then I added an overlap of a shape that for me makes the painting visually interesting.
Argentina, 3’x 4′, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2013
Additional images of recent paintings that will be in my upcoming show at Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland, Maine. These images show my interest in color. However, I have also enjoyed other painting techniques, which include thick versus thin paint and soft versus hard edges.
August 14 – September 14, 2013
Image credit: All images courtesy of Kayla Mohammadi.