Just Hold On Tight, Cause I Love You 2019

gouache, high load acrylic + pencil on paper

Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow 2019

gouache, high load acrylic + pencil on paper

Lift Yourself Out 2019

gouache + pencil on paper

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Kelly Bjork

United States


Kelly Bjork’s work focuses on portraiture and intimacy between loved ones and objects. She wants to show the tenderness that can be experienced in this world through selective simplicity and tiny details. With our current socio-political climate, Bjork thinks it is important to recognize these often unnoticed moments in our daily lives, and to remember that they exist. Her paintings help her move forward openly, by presenting what is good in our world.

Bjork grew up in Tacoma, Washington and graduated with a B.F.A. from Western Washington University in 2009. Her paintings have been featured in numerous publications, including: New American Paintings, McSweeney’s, No Man’s Land, The Stranger, Anxy Magazine, and The Washington Post. In 2018, she received the Helen Frankenthaler Fellowship for the Vermont Studio Center. Her work has exhibited from Seattle to New York to France and in between.

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