ARTIST STATEMENT

  • I take reality,

  • I absorb it through the mill of my experiences and schooling,  

  • And then I produce a new carefully designed reality that evokes feelings and memories.  This reality takes abstraction of strokes, edges, values and color relationships, and morphs them into a world that I imagined, that affects a viewer on a level deeper than words

SELECTED AWARDS

  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 20th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2018
  • First Place, Drawing, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 18th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2016
  • Winner, Strokes of Genius 9: Creative Discoveries North Light Books' 2016 Drawing Competition
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2016
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 17th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2015
  • 3rd Merit Award, Portrait Society of America (PS0A) Members Only Competition 2015, Outside The Box Category
  • 3rd Honor Award, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) 16th International Portrait Competition 2014
  • Finalist, Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition 2015
  • 5th Honorable Mention, Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Members Only Competition 2014, Still Life Category
  • American Art Collector Magazine Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Juried Exhibition, 2013
  • Certificate of Excellence, Portrait Society of America (PSoA), 13th Annual International Portrait Competition, 2011
  • 4 Finalist places, The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competitions, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 (Figurative/Portrait and Still Life Categories)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND JURIED SHOWS

  • 5 And Under, Arcadia Contemporary Group Exhibition, Pasadena, CA, August 18,  2018
  • Fine Art and Fashion Exhibition, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, September 29 - October 3, 2018
  • Americans in Paris, Group Exhibition #1, Arcadia Contemporary, Culver City, CA, May 12-30, 2018
  • Americans in Paris, Group Exhibition #2, Galerie L'Oeil du Prince, Paris, France, May 24-June 12, 2018
  • Realism Without Borders, Group Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, April 19-22, 2018
  • Realism Without Borders, Group Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York, NY, December 5-10, 2017
  • Solo Exhibition, Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC, December 1- 31, 2017
  • Solo Exhibition, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, October 1 - 30, 2017
  • American Impressionist Society (AIS) 18th National Juried Exhibition, Montgomery-Lee Fine Art Gallery, Park City, Utah, September 28 - October 29, 2017
  • Equestrian Group Show, Vanessa Rothe Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, August 1 - 30th, 2017
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) 26th National Juried Exhibition, Eisele Gallery of Fine Art, Cincinnati, OH, May 12 - June 10, 2017
  • "AIS Impressions: Small Works Showcase",  American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition, Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA, March 11-25, 2017
  • The 26th Annual Holiday Miniatures Show, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, December 2-31, 2016
  • "Realism Without Borders", hosted by Randy Higbee Gallery, Costa Mesa, CA (through Vanessa Rother Fine Art), Opening Reception November 5, 2016
  • Reinert Fine Art, Charleston, SC exhibition, opening reception September 2, 2016
  • "Contemporary Figuration" exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, May 13 - June 4, 2016
  • Oil Painters of America 25th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Southwest Galleries, Dallas, TX, May 13 - June 15, 2016
  • "Impression" exhibition, Abend Gallery, Denver, March 11-30, 2016
  • "Making an Impression" exhibition, Forest and Ocean Gallery, Laguna Beach, December 4-27, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America 2015 Salon Juried Exhibition, Beverly McNeil Gallery, Birmingham, AL, October 8 - November 6, 2015
  • 16th Annual American Impressionist Society (AIS) National Juried Exhibition, Trailside Galleries, Scottsdale Arizona, October 1 - 29, 2015
  • Oil Painters of America 24th Annual National Juried Exhibition, Cutter & Cutter Fine Art, St Augustine, FL, May 1-25, 2015
  • Art of the Portrait Conference, Portrait Society of America, Reston, VA, April 24-27, 2014
  • Women Painting Women, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, Sept 5 – Sept 30, 2014
  • Oil Painters of America Western Regional Juried Exhibition 2014, Mountainsong Galleries, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA, Aug 30-Sept 30, 2014
  • American Women Artists Annual National Juried Exhibition, Addison Art Gallery, Orleans, MA, August 15-Sept 15, 2014
  • Legacy Gallery Annual Small Works Show, Legacy Gallery of Fine Art, Scottsdale, AZ, December 2014
  • Oil Painters of America 23rd Annual National Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT, June 7-July 27, 2014
  • Annual Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, Nov-Dec 2013
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Annual Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Southwind Art Gallery, Topeka, KS, Sept-Oct 2013
  • American Impressionist Society Annual Show, M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC, October 2013
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Annual Salon, Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI, June-August 2013
  • Solo Show “Reflections”, M Gallery of Fine Art, Charleston, SC, July 2011
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) 20th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Devin Galleries, Coeur D’Alene, ID, 2011
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Juried Exhibition, Mountain Trails Gallery, Jackson Hole, WY,  2010
  • 2 Legacy Gallery of Fine Art Small Works Shows, Scottsdale, AZ, 2010 and 2011
  • Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art Annual Salon, Legacy Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ, 2011
  •  “Russian/Ukrainian Impressionism” Group Exhibition, Silvana Gallery, Glendale, CA, 2011
  • Richeson75 Figurative/Portrait Juried Competition, Kimberly, WI, 2010
  • American Women Artists National Show, Dallas, TX, 2010
  • Laumeister Fine Art Juried Show, Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, VT, 2010
  • California Art Club, California Heritage Exhibition,  Pasadena, CA, 2010

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Portrait Society of America (PSoA) Signature Status
  • Oil Painters of America (OPA) Signature Member

artist's bio

  • Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Olga Krimon received academic art education in Kazan, Russia.  Growing up she was (and still is) largely influenced by Repin, Serov, Brullov, Levitan, Kramskoy, Fechin and other Russian titans.  She then discovered Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla and Cecilia Beaux, and to this day she examines the movement, the bold brushstrokes and the value arrangements in their pieces.
  • She continued to grow and develop her skills later in America, through drawing classes with Glen Orbik and painting classes with Jeremy Lipking.  Olga also holds a BA in Art History, and she credits it with providing her the rich visual vocabulary that is instrumental for defining her path as an artist.  She also later received an MBA, making her well-grounded in the business side of an artistic career. 
  • Olga continues to refine her craft through independent studies and daily practice.  Over time, she developed her own style grounded in fundamental principles of academic realism, sensitivity to subtle value and color transitions, and yet bold energy of movement and expressive brushstrokes.  Olga’s Figurative and Still Life Paintings are recognized by the Portrait Society of America PSoA (International Competition 1st Place Drawing 2016 and 3rd Honor Award 2014, Certificates of Excellence 2011, 2015 and 2018, Members Only 3rd Merit 2015 and Honorable Mention 2014) and American Art Collector Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America (OPA) Western Regional Competition 2014.  She is also a finalist in 2015 and 2016 Art Renewal Center (ARC) International Salon Competition.