Vanessa Foley, artist

Minnesota Killing Season

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These above images are my recent series 'Minnesota Killing Season' that I've recently completed and exhibited at the Silent Aviary show with The VACVVM

My series of graphite pieces for the show I focused on the dark and deadly side of nature and paired each of my native minnesotan raptors with deadly plants, they were almost as much fun to research as the birds themselves and I spent many happy hours looking up poison plants and their effects (I'm certain I'll be on some sort of government watch list for my browsing history now!)

 

 

 

 

The Silent Aviary

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It seems like a long time I've been keeping this under my hat, but I'm thrilled to finally announce an incredibly exciting show I'm in with The VACVVM in September. This is a two person show with Teagan White and myself both exhibiting our series of native Minnesotan Birds, there will also be a whole host of work by many other incredible artists all paying tribute to the awesome Aves of the North Star State.

Its a one night only show and any and all will be warmly welcomed to the new gallery space of The Vacvvm, both myself and Teagan will be in attendance and very much looking forward to meeting any who can make it!

(Very) Belated News: Vacvvm Release

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The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind work wise and once again I hang my head in shame at my inability to keep this News section of my website anywhere near to up to date, especially since there have been so many incredible announcements, shows and projects that I've been super excited to share! 

So in an effort to address this I'll be doing a few posts over the next few weeks looking back at some happenings of 2016 so far, I shall keep my chatter to a minimum (yeah, I don't think even I believe that!) and attempt to let the birds do the squawking :)

 First up is the highlight of my year, I think it will be the highlight of many years to come, I had the honour to work alongside The Vacvvm as a guest artist! The release consisted of beautiful quality limited edition prints, gorgeously done by the talented folks at Static Medium , original drawings, a pin and a patch. 

It was a dream come true for me to work alongside such a talented group as THE VACVVM and the release went down better than I ever could have imagined. I've popped a couple of images below and I hope you like the pieces we chose to release as prints as well as the originals and the little extras too!

As ever thank you all so much for your continued and greatly appreciated support!
 

Lapis, Papel, O Tijera (Pencil, Paper, Scissors) Group Show

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Although I absolutely love and feel so privileged to be able to show my work at galleries around the world, I still feel a little sadness in my heart that I am so often unable to attend in person. So I was absolutely thrilled when Vicente from the Plastic Murs Gallery in Valencia, Spain passed on these beautiful photos of the opening night, and I am so happy to share a selection of them with you :)

Theres also a lovely article on the hifructose website covering the show, with a little more information about some of the artists involved as well as some large images of the artwork. I've popped the link below if anyone would like to take a look!

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This show is running until 4th of March and a list of available works can be found here

Golden Wings

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Oh soul,
you worry too much.
You have seen your own strength.
You have seen your own beauty.
You have seen your golden wings.
Of anything less,
why do you worry?
You are in truth
the soul, of the soul, of the soul.

-Rumi

 

This most recent oil painting of mine was created for the Bestowed Upon Us group show at Alexi Era Gallery The show was a beautiful and inspirational one all about meaningful gifts we may have given or received. The most memorable of these are often gifts that cannot be seen, bought or sold such as hope, peace, encouragement and love. 

My painting Golden Wings turned out to be a very personal piece, its actually the most personal painting I've ever created, so it was a very emotional journey but rewarding and cathartic at  the same time. The piece combines elements that signify freedom and the things lost as a result of that, as well as a celebration of the strength to make changes and the great rewards that come from trusting our own 'wings'

This painting will forever be dear to me.