Krista Townsend
 Rock Ledge | 36 x 36 inches | Oil On Canvas

Rock Ledge | 36 x 36 inches | Oil On Canvas

 Broken Tree | 36 x 36 inches | Oil On Canvas

Broken Tree | 36 x 36 inches | Oil On Canvas

Teeny Tiny Trifecta

Second Street Gallery
September 7, 2018 – September 28, 2018

Curated by SSG’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia, Teeny Tiny Trifecta is inspired by both Cabinets of Curiosities as well as the Paris Salons of the 19th Century, but with a modern twist. The exhibition aims to showcase the wide range of talented artists in Virginia (and beyond!) while providing an accessible introduction to contemporary art collecting. All work will be priced at $100, so this is a great opportunity for collectors of all budgets to purchase a work of art by some of their favorite artists. (Note: all of Krista's work has sold, but there are other artists' works available for purchase online or at the gallery.)

Order and Chaos

Krista’s work explores order and chaos in the natural world. She is intrigued by the physical laws and patterns of form that define nature in contrast to the randomness and irregularity that often push against these rules.

Nature gracefully responds and evolves when something unexpected gets in the way. Tree roots reach around obstacles toward water, flowers turn towards the moving sun, nature pushes back against a technologically-driven human world that inflicts an ever-increasing amount of damage on it. Over time, plants and animals adapt to irregularities by reproducing random genetic mistakes that happen to work better or be more beautiful than the previous system, thus creating new rules and patterns.

Never trying to replicate nature, Krista’s work instead creates a new dialog in brush stroke and color on canvas that demonstrates and explores order/chaos, patterns/randomness, systems/irregularities.

Krista graduated in 1994 from The Pennsylvania State University with a BA focusing on painting and biology. She studied Old Master techniques at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD, then in 1998 earned her MA from the Johns Hopkins University in Medical and Biological Illustration. Her career mainly focused on medical illustration for the first few years, but she began wanting a more expressive outlet to explore her interest in nature and biology. In 2000, she began to paint in oil again. She studied with painters at The Art League School in Alexandria, VA and completed a yearlong apprenticeship with portrait and landscape painter, Edward Reed. In 2007 she moved to Charlottesville, VA. She has shown her work in Virginia and Washington, DC for the past 10 years, entering many private and public collections including the University of Virginia Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System, Martha Jefferson Hospital, The Country Club of Virginia, and more.  Her work is represented in Virginia by Glavé Kocen Gallery in Richmond and Les Yeux du Monde in Charlottesville, and in 2018 she joined Bee Street Studio in Dallas, TX. 

 Read more about Krista's background and process in the essay by Sarah Sargent from her 2018 solo show, Immersion, at Glavé Kocen.