Ocean Galleries welcomes Victoria Montesinos to Stone Harbor, NJ for her first exclusive art exhibition in New Jersey. The talented artist, best known for her exquisite paintings of flowers, uses a unique technique of layering to create artwork that is strikingly beautiful.
Born in Mexico City, Victoria studied art with master Spanish painter Jose Bardasano, where she learned the rigorous veladuras technique of painstakingly building up texture and depth through many fine layers of paint. By introducing marble, sand, and stone as textural elements, as well as stenciling techniques, Montesinos creates a subtle topography for her floral universe. Most notably, she is able to achieve a nearly subliminal incandescence through a medieval method of applying gold leaf to the canvas before painting. Because this process is so labor intensive and time consuming, Montesinos will spend two to three weeks absorbed in a single canvas.
“Painting is that place where I search for love and passion – where there is a constant dialogue between myself and my subjects and the spectator,” Montesinos explains. “In every sensuous torso, in every ethereal flower, there is a new substantial statement that communicates the wonders of two universes, the real one and the one I create.”
In 1984, Victoria moved to New York City, where she studied lithography at the American Atelier and further honed her skills as an artist. Her works have been exhibited throughout Mexico, Europe, Japan, and the United States.
“When we first learned of Victoria’s artwork, we were immediately drawn to her vivid paintings, many of which are on huge canvases, and knew our clients would love her dramatic style. We were delighted when she agreed to present her artwork in an exclusive showing with Ocean Galleries,” said Kim Miller, gallery owner. “We think our guests will be blown away when they see her amazing works of art.”
“Victoria Montesinos: Passion of the Flower” opens at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ) on Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2, 2015, with gallery hours of 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM. Ms. Montesinos will attend special receptions from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM on Friday, July 31 and Saturday, August 1, and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM on Sunday, August 2. The exhibition and the receptions are free and open to the public, with all artwork available for acquisition.
In addition to an extraordinary collection of artwork and custom-framing, Ocean Galleries also offers a variety of hand-made crafts from local, regional, and national artists in America, such as glass, pottery, jewelry, and furniture. All summer exhibitions take place at the Stone Harbor location of Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Avenue), which is open from 10:00 AM until 10:00 PM daily during the summer season. The Avalon location of Ocean Galleries (2199 Ocean Drive) is open from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Saturday. For more information or directions, call 609-368-7777 or visit www.oceangalleries.com