Artist Statement

My paintings express freedom of movement in an illusory infinite space. I am inspired by the California Light and Space Movement, hard-edge painting and geometric abstraction. Taking a fresh approach to these traditions, I introduce a soft palette and delicate pattern, re-framing these classic visual ideas into a new language.

Central to my compositions are motifs derived from the window grills of the Blue Mosque in my hometown of Istanbul, Turkey. My work focuses on the interplay of flat surfaces colliding with a lace grid, evoking deep space, intersected by veils of transparent color. I compare this contemporary grid to music in its ability to convey emotions and ideas without relying on recognizable forms. 

It is my intention to capture the resonance of the immaterial with light, color and movement. My paintings reflect universal ideas that call the viewer to contemplate nuanced possibilities of meaning. Geometric forms facilitate the communicative and meditative emotions and represent the feminine aspect of spirit, replicated in the interplay between light and shadow. 

 

Bio

Veda B Kaya was born and raised in Istanbul, where she became involved in the arts at a young age. She lived in Holland and Belgium before immigrating to Los Angeles, California.

Kaya graduated with a BFA from California State University, Long Beach. Her active studio work focuses solely on painting. Kaya lives in the Santa Monica Mountains where the beauty and solitude of nature inspire her to create.

The artist has exhibited at various galleries, including: Walter Maciel, Coagula Curatorial, Arena 1, The Loft at Liz’s, Gallery 825, Groundspace Project, The San Francisco Art Commissions, Berkeley Art Center, Art Share LA, Torrance Art Museum and The San Diego Art institute. Her work is in numerous private collections in the US and Europe.

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Selected Exhibitions

2018 Between Two Seas / LA International, Curated by Luigia Martelloni, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2018 Art and Activism, “Liberty and Justice for Some” Curated by Monica Lundy and Walter Maciel, Children’s Museum of the Arts, New York, NY

2018  Four Women, Curated by Jill Moniz, 410 S Spring Street, Los Angeles

2018  Hecho a Mano, Juried by Jill Moniz, Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2018  Art Speaks! Lend Your Voice, Juried by Jill Moniz, Arena 1 Gallery, Santa Monica CA

2018  Black, Curated by Liz Gordon, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles

2018  Untitled, Curated by Paige Wery, Art Share LA, Los Angeles

2017  With Liberty and Justice for Some, Curated by Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley CA

2017  The Thunder of Meaning, Juried by Wendy Posner, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2017  FRESH 2017Juried by Fatemeh Burnes and Peter Frank, SBC: SOLA Gallery, Los Angeles

2017  Times Three! Three Person Show, Curated by Susan Joseph, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles

2017  With Liberty and Justice for SomeCurated by Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco

2017  Ambiguous Reality, Curated by Cynthia Penna, Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2017  With Liberty and Justice for Some, Curated by Walter Maciel and Monica Lundy, Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles

2016  MAS 13, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2016  Sweet 16, Curated by Andi Campognone, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles

2016  Groundswell, Juried by Mat Gleason, Groundspace Project, Los Angeles

2016  MAS 12, San Diego Art Institute, San Diego

2015  Chestnut, Juried by Walter Maciel, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2015  The Telephone Game, Curated by Essi Zimm, Prohibition Gallery, Culver City

2015  144 Group Show, Juried by Om Bleicher, BG Gallery, Santa Monica

2014  FRESH, Juried by Mat Gleason, South Bay Contemporary Gallery, Rolling Hills Estates

2014  The Non-Objective Moment, Juried by Cynthia Penna, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2014  Take Nine, Curated by Mat Gleason, Chungking Studios, Los Angeles

2012  GEM, LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

Education

University of California Long Beach, BFA

Santa Monica College, AA

Contact

vedabkaya@gmail.com