‘Mystery’ original pen and ink by Vanessa K. Stokes
“Complete Me” by Vanessa K. Stokes.
Portraiture art work with mirror.
Vanessa Kalani Stokes creates traditional and original anime (pronounced AH-nee-may) work. The word anime is often defined as “animation from Japan.” When you see “anime,” images of large doe-like eyes, funny and colorful hair, and peculiar fashion come to mind. Outside Japan, anime refers specifically to animation from Japan or as a Japanese-disseminated animation style often characterized by colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical themes. One of the most distinctive characteristics of anime resides in the characters’ faces. While anime characters may possess bodies with relatively proportional body parts, the heads, hair, and facial expressions are usually exaggerated and brightly colored.
Vanessa K. Stokes and her art.
Fairweather House and Gallery
612 Broadway St.
“Portraiture” featuring regional artists Leah Kohlenberg, Susan Romersa, Patricia ClarkFinley, Rebecca Gore, Mike Mason and Russell J. Young.
Introducing new emerging artists Tamara Watanabe and Vanessa K. Stokes.
Emerging artist Vanessa K. Stokes speaks about her art at Fairweather’s.
“The art selected is a debut exhibition contemplating character in portrait drawings and oil sketches displaying the relationship between artist and sitter as its central subject. Vanessa K. Stokes is a young self-taught Northwest artist who works with pen and ink to create modern pop culture inspired art with Japanese Manga influences.” D. Fairweather, gallerist.
Q: What are some of the Fairweather’s emerging artists doing now, you ask?
A: Kristin Qian is a Princeton graduate, and currently attending Harvard; Britney Drumheller works as an artist based in Bend for producing designs for Macy’s in NYC.; Nick Brakel, after recovering from a traumatic brain injury, has learned to paint again, and has had art selected for an upcoming exhibit at OSU; Robert McWhirter was juried into an exhibition curated by the director of the Portland Art Museum; Michael Wing is doing commissioned photographs of collector cars, most recently a Lamborghini; Rebecca Gore had art selected for a permanent display in a NW winery; Gayle H. Seely has patrons who continue collect her seed pearl mosaics; and Diane Copenhaver has had a solo show in Bellevue as well as having art selected for an upcoming exhibit at OSU.