Artist Bobbie Rich in front of her work at Upper West Restaurant in Santa Monica.
By Henry K. Long
It was a busy opening….art lovers enjoying the colorful paintings of Santa Monica artist Bobbie Rich while munching on zesty appetizers and wine on the house. This past Sunday, February 8th, “A Parade of Ladies” opened at Upper West Restaurant on West Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.
Rich was originally introduced to Upper West by friends and often dines there. She said she was excited to show her work there and added it was a great venue to feature art with its high ceilings and large walls.
“Upper West is a beautiful space with delicious food and a fabulous atmosphere,” said Rich. “The Happy Hour is particularly amazing. The unique cocktails are delicious and I love how it feels like home – only better! Fred and the staff treat the customers like royalty.”
Rich hails from Atlanta, Georgia. Although she now resides in LA…the artist has lived all over the United States, in places such as Texas, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Virginia and Illinois. Starting to create art at an early age, her fist medium was drawing. In 1997 oil became her preferred medium. She also works in mixed media and recently added stained glass and mosaic.
Rich currently has on view twenty works of art at the restaurant which include oil, acrylic, metal leaf, paper, molding paste and more on stretched canvas. “My figures are primarily oil paint, but mixed media does tend to sneak in.”
The exhibition features medium to large-scale canvases sporting fashion forward women that range from satirical to elegant. “The intricate patterns in the women’s clothing contrast with the bolder, looser brushstrokes of their flesh,” added Rich. “There is a play on space with some surfaces painted flatly and others more modeled and dimensional.”
In her painting “Taken,” the artist explained, “I started with a blind contour drawing. The painting mixes flat and more modeled elements, realistic and exaggerated. It is clearly about possession.”
When asked how often she paints, Rich replied…”I paint as time permits. I like to start early in the morning on my balcony and commit full days whenever possible.”
The paintings of Bobbie Rich are currently on view in private collections in Florence, Kuwait, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and more.
“A Parade of Ladies” opened on Sunday, February 8th and will be on view through April. Stop by to see this beautiful exhibit. Upper West is located at 3321 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica).