Olivia 'Livi' Faulkner is a contemporary American artist based in Massachusetts. She is a self-trained mixed media painter and digital artist. Exposed to contemporary art from a very young age, Olivia was inherently drawn to modern art, never expecting years later that her exposure to fine art as a child would impact the course of her life and career forever. Her abstract painting involves fusing many different stylistic elements of contemporary art such as contrast, structure, splatter, fluidity, texture, and geometric-inspired shapes. Olivia uses various compositional techniques, numerous mediums, and surfaces to inform her body of work, bringing life to her paintings using an action-based approach. Depicted in her own words, "unseen places can be seen through our minds when we let go of conformity and let the action of art lead the way". Her work varies in color, but many of the forms throughout her body of work strike a similar signature she describes as finding connectivity, a “balance in the unbalanced", where contrast is a common theme. Within her ambiguously splayed layers and connectivity in her work, she derives clarity from the process that her abstract painting involves.
She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst and studied at the University of Leeds in Leeds, England. In her years after graduating from university, she realized that no other career path would allow her to derive the most fulfillment and satisfaction the way painting does. She believes there is substantial value in interpretation through art, often prompting her viewers to question societal norms, structures of power and to embrace uniqueness.
She has exhibited her works in Milan, Brussels, Madrid and in Contemporary Art Curator Magazine. Under representation by the Monat Gallery in Madrid, Spain, her work was featured at the Contemporary Art Expo, Art3f, in Brussels, Belgium. Her digital art has been licensed through the California-based printing company Lumaprints since 2022, who has licensed her work to HomeGoods and Marshalls. She is currently taking painting, digital art and abstract portrait commissions as well as artistic collaborations.
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Contemporary art, for me; is the epitome of art that knows no bounds, has no finite limits, and moreover is not dictated by anyone, anything, or any concept but my own free thinking illuminated through abstraction. For me, to be a creator is to exist— and my calling to become an artist is an attempt to explore the absurdity and disorderly way of the world and redesign it in my way for others in a non-conventional, freeing, and dynamic way. An avid reader of philosophy since attending university, my compositions are often inspired by abstract concepts that entice me to expand my thinking and reflection on myself, modernity, and the existential nature of life on earth. I have been deeply inspired by the abstractionists and designers that came long before me; from painters, philosophers, writers, and architectural designers that allowed me to see, think and feel beyond the mundane and conformist thinking we are so often inundated with. I reimagine what I see through form, color, texture and movement, and abstract art is vital tool for me to expel emotion. My creation process is vastly different for each piece of art; I sometimes imagine what my pieces look like prior to applying anything on canvas, whereas often others are action based, with no preconception of what the outcome of the piece will look like, where I allow my intuition and subconscious action lead the way to execution. The importance of abstract art, in my view, is derived from my ability to express in abstract terms, and I feel the beauty of it is my viewers ability to see, feel and think in abstract terms, which I believe the world needs more of.