Always whimsical, sometimes surreal, the artwork of Sossie Vanek features such disparate elements as fish floating above the ocean, colossal roses hovering over a landscape and lively people enjoying cafe’ life. In recent years, Vanek has focused on her abstract images consisting of otherworldly geometric shapes and colors. Vanek’s work has been exhibited at the Gordon Gallery in Santa Monica, the DeVorzon Gallery in Beverly Hills and most recently at the O’Melveny Gallery in West LA.
Vanek’s paintings are primarily affirmations: willfully anti-intellectual celebrations of color, light, and feeling. Whether drawing us into a colorful collaged spiral or the intimacy of a quiet living room, Vanek deftly uncovers emotional textures in shapes, landscapes and forms. In canvases filled with longing and wistful reflection, her ideal can best be described as presence, the radiant appreciation of the present moment.
Vanek’s vitality in life and art, her attempt to literalize the magical elements of existence, leads to comparisons with Chagall, while her simplification of complex shapes is reminiscent of Calder. What finally emerges is the beauty of shapes and colors in space lifted into narrative by the artist’s imagination. Here, image and story are merged to form both the droll and dramatic, carrying the viewer into realms both personal and poetic.