about the artist
Thai-born and Los Angeles native artist Ann McFerran approaches her work with a belief in the emotive power of color, various methods of mark making, and thickly applied layers of paint. Her work is characterized by gestural boldness, and chromatic richness that exude vital qualities of energy and dynamism derived from her internal state or surroundings. The subjects of her paintings fluctuate from subtle references of figuration and/or narrative—to eschewing them altogether.
She works in a range of painting materials, including oil, acrylic, spray paint, ink, molding paste and found items that are collaged onto canvas. Despite her large range, consistent throughout her work is the calculated balancing of composition, color, and mark making—a sense of control within a fabricated chaos.
With her Psychobiology background, which provides insights into how biological processes impact how individuals think and feel, she analogously wanted to explore how art impacts people’s emotion and thoughts. She purposefully creates work that is meant to accentuate living and social spaces, all the while elevating the general mood. She likes to explore and combine dichotomous themes of consciousness vs unconsciousness, happiness vs sadness, science vs fiction, chaos vs control because of the belief that one reveals or enhances the transparency of the other.
Early Life || Born in Bangkok, Thailand, Ann immigrated with her single mother to the states when she was seven years old as Jitsupa Tangtrongchitr. Her step father helped Ann and her mother move to the suburbs of Tracy, CA where she made money painting murals for their local neighborhood. Ann grew up in a household with walls adorned with murals of elaborate nature scenes, animals, and vintage cars, spaces that were integrated and enhanced by creativity which informs her proclivity towards making work tailored to tasteful color combos and enhancing people's spaces.
Education || Ann has a B.S. in psychobiology and took some Fine Art courses at UCLA. In addition to her studies she pursued independent studies regarding politics, leadership, and philosophical principles at Princeton University as well as the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui in order to understand the philosophical system of harmonizing the environment to improve well being. Most of her artistic pursuits have been entirely self taught. She currently works and lives in Los Angeles.
Press || Ann's work has been shown in online magazines, spaces, galleries, and fashion products across Los Angeles, many of which are listed below:
The Huffington Post | The W Hollywood hotel Gallery | The Custom Hotel | The W Hollywood hotel rooftop DJ Wet Deck installation | "The American Dream" Mural at No Limit Training facility, North Hollywood | Themodernartista X ThirdUprising hand painted clothing project; proceeds donated to the WWII veterans | "Phoenix Rising" Donated to California Wine Masters 2017 event for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation | BNO.com | Jaxon Home, Culver City | Westview Towers, West Hollywood | The Century, Century City | John Aaroe Group, DTLA | GalleryGo | NWO Art Gallery | Valfre.com | Hausovtilhen.com | TheADVNTSOCIETY.com | Vanichi.com | EYEThread Boutique hand bags | Justin Beiber Music Video - "Where are You Now" | Georgina Sasha Bikinis | Rock Etiquette, Laguna Beach | Pour Vous LA | Bagatelle | Sound | Guisados West Hollywood
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