Hi I’m Angelique
I’ve been drawn to the arts my whole life. When I was 12 , I sat down with a typewriter as I was going to write the next great American novel. In high school I directed school plays, took any art and photography class available and was way more interested in music and museums than history or math. I was brought up to believe that art is necessary to culture, but not a serious job. So I followed the corporate route. But creativity kept beckoning. As an adult, I took drum lessons and acting lessons and moved to LA to be an actor. I wrote and produced short films and a comedic vampire web series. I just love creating. It was only a matter of time before a paint brush ended up in my hand. Who knew that Brexit would begin my painting journey? My work is focused on creating serenity and surprise.
I feel like the world has become intolerably noisy. Everyone is screaming for attention – on tv, in music, and on social media. Add to that the internal noise we all deal with; insecurities, doubts, etc., and we have one outrageously loud world. I believe we are in desperate need of spaces that allow for quiet, for introspection – a respite from this screaming world. My paintings are tasked with softening the discord, letting the viewers’ eyes rest, and take a deep, cleansing breath.
My creative process must begin with quieting myself. Color and consistency are carefully considered. Paint is then layered and poured and scraped and scratched as memories, emotion, desire, and curiosity run the show. This process is absolutely necessary to reach my one goal – creating a space for inspiration to manipulate the materials into something interesting or beautiful that evokes a sense of serenity and surprise for the viewer.
Angelique Bacia is a contemporary abstract painter who lives and works in Southern California. Angelique has been creating art in some form or another throughout her life, but it was not until Brexit that she became serious about painting.
“Living in England at the time, the ugliness and noise of Brexit compelled me to try to inject some positivity and quiet back into the world. Using the same thirst for knowledge that previously allowed me to write, edit, perform in and produce a comedic web series about vampires, I threw myself into learning everything I could about painting. Then using that knowledge, I grabbed some oils and off I went. At first I was very focused on painting positivity, which is where my large oils come from, but soon realized what we really need is some peace and quiet.”
Inspired by Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg and British artists Jessica Zoob and Sam Lock, the concept of quieting noise has become the obsessive focus of Angelique’s work. Having switched from oils to acrylics and continuously educating herself, her goal with every work is to coax a canvas into something calm and soothing.
Angelique holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Georgia State University. She has most recently exhibited in the Art Museum of South Texas and has shown in galleries in New York and California. Angelique’s work has also been shown in several on-line publications including FVM Global Magazine. Her paintings were most recently staged in a mid-century modern home in Joshua Tree, California that was featured in Dwell magazine.