Olive Ayhens in Elle Decor

Olive Ayhens is the subject of a profile in the July/August issue of Elle Decor.


Olive has developed a highly personal style that combines an almost na├»ve narrative language with a sophisticated formal approach. Her lush compositions and vibrant palette describing city and rural landscapes grab your attention. 

Olive has deep concerns for the environment and this forms a major theme for her work, but she also revels in her materials. "My work is much involved with my love of the paint itself—with layering it, with building textures, etc. all this is striving for a sensual visual beauty. Color is my first language. I have fun with personification as well as improbabilities of scale. My work is heavily influenced thematically by my environment, both physical and spiritual.”

Originally from Oakland, CA, Olive now lives in Brooklyn. She is represented by the Lori Brookstein Gallery. You New York area Fellows will recognize this as the venue of the VCCA Fellows’ reunion. oliveayhens.com


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