Jess Valice Biography

Jess(ica) Valice is a Los Angeles-based figurative painter recognised for her melancholic, big-eared, and doe-eyed figures. Focussing on the human condition, Valice's oil paintings and charcoal or oil stick drawings explore the parables of the animalistic gaze. Her figurative works combine within one framework the romantic and the forlorn, the recognizable and mysterious, the religious and irreverent, and extreme subjectivity of content with forms sternly objective. The artist's interest stems from her childhood negligence of religious involvement, yet instant attraction to the liturgical artwork adorned in places of worship. Valice's figures share similar features to the face and body of the artist with seemingly uncomfortable or exhausted bearings in sometimes congenial environments.

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Born in 1996 in Los Angeles, California, Valice studied art in grade school but went on to pursue an education in neuroscience at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC). After three years into her education, she decided to end her path in science to pursue painting. Self-taught, Jess Valice now showcases her work with various galleries including Carl Kostyal Gallery (London, Milan, Sweden) and Stems Gallery (Paris, Brussels).

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Mara by Jess Valice contemporary artwork painting
Jess Valice Mara, 2024 Oil on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm
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Ally by Jess Valice contemporary artwork painting
Jess Valice Ally, 2024 Oil on canvas
101.6 x 76.2 cm
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The sculptor by Jess Valice contemporary artwork painting
Jess Valice The sculptor, 2024 Oil on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm
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Self Portrait by Jess Valice contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jess Valice Self Portrait, 2024 Pencil on paper
35.6 x 27.9 cm
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Portrait of a Man by Jess Valice contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jess Valice Portrait of a Man, 2024 Pencil on paper
35.6 x 27.9 cm
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Sincere Condolences by Jess Valice contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Jess Valice Sincere Condolences, 2024 Charcoal on paper
35.6 x 27.9 cm
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Mara by Jess Valice contemporary artwork painting, mixed media
Jess Valice Mara, 2024 Oil on canvas
177.8 x 165.1 cm
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