Lindsey Kustusch - portrait of the artist

Lindsey Kustusch

United States

Painting

www.lindseykustusch.com

Lindsey Kustusch
Lindsey Kustusch
Female
United States
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March 31, 2016
I've studied International Relations and Diplomacy, but i'm actually interested in economy and social studies. There is something in art that somehow explains a lot that's happening in the world right now, and i seek to uncover it. Feel free to contact me at nikola.milosevic777@gmail.com

Explore. Evolve. Try. Make mistakes. It doesn’t matter, because, in the end, you’ll eventually find your style. After a beginning based on the abstract, Lindsey Kustusch has moved on to a more precise, figurative work, but not entirely giving up on the possibilities of the abstract, sometimes using it when painting the background. Undeniable passion for animals and living the city life has pointed her focus on urban landscapes and animals. Her ultimate goal is to capture moments in time through pictorial form, as the city, and life in general, are ever-changing, without two moments ever being completely the same. Every piece is thought of as a memory, for what is life in the end if not a series of memories.

The goal is to capture moments in time by using a pictorial form

Lindsey - Rare View, 2013 - Catching the 5, 2015, home and studio contact, oil opening the street
Lindsey Kustusch – Rare View, 2013 / Catching the 5, 2015

Jumping Between Subjects

The fear of her artworks being seen as boring has motivated Kustusch to constantly seek new techniques, new inspiration for her pieces. The process of delicately blending pigment and lightly applying it to a canvas was something that was no fun at all, and she wasn’t very good at it. So she started using palette knives and improvising other painting implements. Her two main subject matters are urban landscapes and animals, and she jumps from one to another without any difficulties. In fact, the constant changing of what she paints is keeping her focused and experimental, and her work fresh. One other thing she is recognizable for is the use of the dark palette, since she sees the richness in the dark pigment that simply strikes a chord with her.

Constant change of subject keeps her focused and experimental, and her work fresh

Lindsey - It's Fine, I'll Wait, 2015 - Here If You Need Me, 2016
Lindsey Kustusch – It’s Fine, I’ll Wait, 2015 / Here If You Need Me, 2016

Animal Welfare and Art

She studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, but didn’t realize long after the studies, and after a career in animal welfare, that the painting is what she wants to do in life. She continues to be active in such organizations, but deep inside knows the art is what she wants to do. The joy of creating pretty much anything with her hands, and the spontaneous feeling and the physicality are all present in the painting. The endless possibilities of paint along with her love for the city and the animals, her cats especially, make a combination which is a dream for every artist.

The artist inside will always win, but the animals stay a constant inspiration

Lindsey - In the Quiet Tones of Night (detail), 2015, studio is at home, oil in the street
Lindsey Kustusch – In the Quiet Tones of Night (detail), 2015

The Right Place and Time

To know what you want to paint and how you want to paint it, and when the whole process provides such a pleasure – all that remains is to see what Kustusch decides to do next. Her recent trip to Germany and the photos she took, which will serve as inspiration for the new paintings, promise a slight change in the approach, a change we look forward to seeing. In the meantime, her truly urban landscapes and animals that seamlessly coexist in the city, and with the city, are more than enough to imagine yourself as a part of her paintings. That is the true power or her art, as it takes you to the right place and at the right moment, just as Kustusch wanted.

She is represented by Abend Gallery in Denver, USA.

Lindsey Kustusch lives and works in San Francisco.

Featured image: Lindsay Kustusch – portrait of the artist, courtesy of Abend Gallery.

All images copyright © Lindsey Kustusch.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Altitude ProjectLovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OKGroup
2016AnimaliaAbend Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2015New WorksSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
201525th Annual Miniatures ShowAbend Gallery, Denver COGroup
2015Annual Small WorksHoward/Mandville, Kirkland, WAGroup
2015Small WorksPrinciple Gallery, Alexandria VAGroup
2015TinyStudio Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015The BirdsLovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OKGroup
2015Invitational Small WorksHoward/Mandville, Kirkland, WA Group
2015IntroductionsAbend Gallery, Denver COGroup
2015The Lollipop Guild ShowLovetts Gallery, Tulsa, OK,Group
2015Urban LandscapesSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
201594109STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2015Still LifeAbend Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2015LandscapesAbend Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2015IntroductionsHoward/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WAGroup
2015Still LifeAbend Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2014Texas to California, New PaintingsSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2014TinySTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2014Edge of RealismAbend Gallery, Denver, COGroup
2014City StreetsSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
20141641 Pacific: Debut ExhibitSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013New WorksSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2013WaterfrontSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2013City StreetsSTUDIO Gallery, San Franicsco, CAGroup
2013DeliciousSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012New WorksSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2012TinySTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012WaterfrontSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012City StreetsSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Featured artist with 111 Minna GalleryArtPadSF, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012DeliciousSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Show FourThe Safehouse Studios/Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Jeremy Mann & Lindsey KustuschSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011The Magnificent Seven111 Minna Gallery, San Fransisco, CAGroup
2011TinySTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Show ThreeThe Safehouse Studios/Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011City StreetsSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011MischiefSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Show TwoThe Safehouse Studios/Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011DeliciousSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2011Show OneThe Safehouse Studios/Safehouse Atelier, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010TinySTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010Knock OutsSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010City StreetsSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010MischiefSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010TerrainSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2010DeliciousSTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009TinySTUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup