Syd Bee

United States

Figurative Art

Syd Bee
Syd Bee
United States
May 29, 2017
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Syd Bee is a highly talented American contemporary artist who creates vibrant oil paintings of figures that often appear to exist in a dreamlike state, somewhere between life and fantasies. This painter lives and works in Seattle where she can always be found in her studio, surrounded by things that inspire her to do great work – a library of fairy tales, comic books and two fat cats. Besides creating her dreamlike, borderline magical compositions drowning in pink colors, Syd is also active in other fields – for example, she has been featured on the cover of The Stranger and she created comic book covers for Adventure Time.

Syd Bee - Breathing Spell / Aubade
Syd Bee – Breathing Spell / Aubade

Syd Bee’s Road to Artistic Prominence

Before she started introducing her works to the Seattle art scene, Syd Bee studied painting at the Cornish College of the Arts where she learned a lot about the oil technique that ultimately served her very well in the long run. She also adopted many conceptual ideas about art and art-making practices during her college days, providing a sound creative foundation for her entire pictorial career. After receiving a BFA from the Cornish College of the Arts in early 2013, Bee started to show her paintings in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Soon, she started attracting attention from the public and art pundits with her dreamy and melancholic paintings underlined with a delicate touch of softness that added a velvety appearance.

Syd Bee - Alida / The Weekender
Syd Bee – Alida / The Weekender

Why Her Paintings Are so Seductive

As it was already stated earlier, this Seattle-based painter creates figurative oil paintings that often appear to exist in a dreamlike state. In order to achieve this visual sensation, Syd Bee employs a technique of creating a pastel-hued glow around her subjects – these result in soft outer edges, enhancing the mysterious effect produced by her oil paintings. This technique creates interesting contrast when paired with the sullen faces and melancholy glances of the animal or person she portrays. By now Syd Bee is already well-known for her ability to depict an atmosphere of a sweet and pleasant dream that is just seconds away from surrendering to a haunting, nightmarish one.

Syd Bee creates vibrant oil paintings that emit a radiant neon glow, making us feel as we are looking at a pleasant dream that is just about to turn o a nightmare

Syd Bee - Solivagant / Perennial
Syd Bee – Solivagant / Perennial

Nowhere But Up for Syd Bee

Syd Bee is one of the most promising young and emerging artists from Seattle. Focused on dreamy candy-colored paintings of figures lost in their own inner worlds, Bee produces pieces that are easy to identify with – a feature that is best reflected by the success of her works that have become an instant hit on the scene from the moment their author introduced them to the market. Syd Bee’s paintings are technically very sound and their content is extremely seductive – this combination has obviously done wonders for the young author and we would not be surprised if she quickly manages to break her way through to the very top of the Seattle art scene.

This artist is represented by Spoke Art Gallery and Haven Gallery.

Syd Bee lives and works in Seattle, the United States.

Featured Image: Syd Bee – Photo of the artist – Image courtesy of Haven Gallery
All images courtesy of Haven Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2017Sunder & SwellHaven Gallery, Northport NYSolo
2017ThreeA US VentureSparks Gallery, San Diego CAGroup
2017Room of a Thousand Doors: WOW x WOWOnline Group ShowGroup
2017Group ShowThinkspace x SpokeArt, New York NYGroup
2017The 6th Annual The Supersonic InvitationalSpokeArt Gallery, New York NYGroup
2016Suggestivism: ResonanceSpokeArt Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2016Death and the Maiden Final ShowRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2016La LuneHaven Gallery, Northport NYGroup
2016LA Art ShowAntler Gallery, Los Angeles CAGroup
2016The 5th Annual Supersonic InvitationalSpoke Art Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2015In My BonesAntler Gallery, Portland ORSolo
2015Return To The WildernessAuguste Clown Gallery, Victoria AustraliaGroup
2015Les Petit FoursLeon Gallery, Sydney AustraliaGroup
2015VerdantModern Eden Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2015BeaconGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2015Coaster ShowLa Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles CAGroup
20151st Annual Small Works InvitationalBaker Hesseldenz Fine Art, Tucsan AZGroup
2015Uchronia Group ShowRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2015ONE PAGE: A study in sequential storytellingRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2014LAX-SFOThinkspace & Hashimoto Contemporary, San Francisco CAGroup
2014Le Chat Noir Group ShowModern Eden, San Francisco CAGroup
2014Unnatural HistoriesAntler Gallery, Portland ORGroup
2014Coaster ShowLa Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles CAGroup
2014Contemporary ContemporaryGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2014UNIVERSE: Art of ExistenceModern Eden, San Francisco CAGroup
2014Inner PortraitBainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island WAGroup
2014RevolverHellion Gallery Swap, PDXGroup
2014Like a Rolling Stone: A Rock & Roll ReflectionGallery Nucleus, Los Angeles CAGroup
2014Unpredictable GravityRoq La Rue Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2013One Year Anniversary Show: Sex, Drugs, Money & GunsGauntlet Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2013Bad DadsSpoke Art Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2013Puget Sound Group of Northwest PaintersSeattle Design Center, Seattle WAGroup
2013Looking At You, Looking BackCornish Alumni Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2013Beer Is ArtLa Luz De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles CAGroup
2013Lil Bub showSpoke Art Gallery, San Francisco CAGroup
2013Lady PartsTrue Love Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2013Saturday MorningLTD Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2013MINTcondition Issue #2, A Comic Book inspired Art ShowLTD Gallery Seattle WAGroup
2012B: an Art Show Tribute to B-MoviesLTD Gallery, Seattle WAGroup
2012Can’t Beat Em, Join Em: The Zombie ShowBottleneck Gallery, Brooklyn NYGroup
2012Spring Art ShowThe Bemis Building, Seattle WAGroup
2012Love, Longing & Loss ShowNYU Steinhardt Black Box Theater, New York NYGroup