Opening Reception with the Artist: Friday, April 7th 7-10pm

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On April 7th, Stephanie Chefas Projects will proudly present 'THRIVE', a new series of paintings from Portland based artist Yellena James. James is well known for her colorful and instantly recognizable organic landscapes - an abstracted semblance of coral reefs, tangled seaweed and anemones. Through a combination of pen, acrylic, gouache, and ink, James playfully dances with various textures and forges a style completely her own.   

THRIVE continues upon James' exploration of brightly colored, biomorphic shapes. Each panel explodes with kaleidoscopic flora and offers an expansive glimpse into the subaqueous ecosystem. Delicate patterns are carefully added alongside other equally intricate layers, thereby retaining the imperative balance. By reimagining the at once random and mathematically agreeable harmony that actually exists in nature, James brings a completely fantastical world to life.

"My latest work is a continued exploration of imaginary worlds, while working with vivid and intense color combinations.", states James. "Each piece is created to draw the viewer in, and let them get lost in these ethereal places full of life."

The opening reception for 'THRIVE' will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, April 7th, from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through April 29th, 2017 and is free and open to the public.