Lindsey Kustusch, “Daybreak,” oil

Over the past decade, this Bay Area artist has built a rather large national following for her captivating urban cityscapes and powerful portraits of crows, ravens, cats, and much more. Her latest works have travelled north for a can’t-miss one-woman show.

After her studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, artist Lindsey Kustusch found herself needing to choose between a veterinary or fine art career. After working for some time in a nearby shelter, Kustusch discovered an artist who “broke all the rules of what I learned in school” she suggested, leading her to take the artistic plunge herself.

Lindsey Kustusch, “African Red Glider,” oil

Today, Kustusch has amassed a large national following for her amazing paintings that blend abstraction and photorealism. The resulting works are dynamic and visually engaging, and her subjects allow the artist to explore several themes that resonate with her.

Lindsey Kustusch, “Sunrise Over the Presidio,” oil

Howard/Mandville Gallery in Kirkland, Washington, is pleased to be opening on August 19 a solo exhibition of Kustusch’s recent works. On view through September 19, the exhibition features several of the artist’s well-known raven and crow paintings. “They exude this sort of wild, ancient, prehistoric spirit with an intensity and sense of drama,” the artist said. “Aesthetically, they’re stunning animals, with their perfect balance of soft and hard edges, reptilian-like talons, and shades of velvet-black feathers.”

Lindsey Kustusch, “The Monarch,” oil
Lindsey Kustusch, “Before the Rush,” oil

Also on display are the artist’s incredible cityscapes — many of which are of locations in her home city of San Francisco that have struck a chord. “She uses abstracted, painterly effects to convey energy, personality, and soul,” the gallery adds. “Small doses of photorealism help viewers fill in the gaps.” The resulting works are convincing and have collectors following in flocks. The artist’s experimentation with abstraction and various kinds of mark-making create many layers that mimic atmospheres that viewers find enticing.

To learn more, visit Howard/Mandville Gallery.

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Andrew Webster
Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.

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