Nikita Ares (IG: @kita.licious) makes lush, splashy paintings with a graceful linework reminiscent of Matisse, with color to leaven any mood. Her oil-thick and rich paintings gush neon supernovas and emote sheer feeling, often harkening to sentiments about her home and history in the Philippines, or her present life as an artist in Seattle. Her sketches pack as much radiant energy, color leaping and dripping off the page.

“I use this process as an opportunity to express my ideas, frustrations, and spirit,” says Ares. “Playing with the idea that paper is an ephemeral material, sketching allows me the gestural freedom to express ideas and make marks without holding back. I confined myself to a specific time range for each piece (15-25 mins) to tell a story in my mind and connect a visceral narrative to each drawing. I love using oil pastels and paper. They have an inherent quality of roughness, grossness and speed that are unique to the medium and process through which I create.”

See more at @kita.licious.

By Amanda

Amanda Manitach is a Seattle-based artist who works primarily in the medium of drawing, merging text with pattern, working aspects of the visceral, dirty, humorous, and sublime into pieces made painstakingly over time. In addition to exhibiting locally and nationally, she worked as Visual Arts Editor at City Arts Magazine for six years, served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University (2013-15), and co-founded and co-directed multiple mixed-use arts spaces in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, including TMRW Party and The Factory. She is represented by Winston Wächter Seattle and New York.

She loves to peep on artists' sketchbooks.

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