My painting style is an amalgamation of living in our current times, while also drawing from the canon of painting throughout history. I study the previous movements of art and work to develop an aesthetic of new painting that builds upon that history. Drawing on the artists and techniques that have inspired me over the years, you may see technical elements ranging from materials used in Japanese landscape paintings to glazing techniques of the Baroque; hyper-realistic detail of Surrealism to the looseness of Abstract Expressionism, as well as the color and materials of Graffiti – which I consider very much a continuation of the formal and social canon of art historical painting.
As an artist, my inspiration comes both from the painting itself and from the aesthetic experience of life; living in an urban environment yet sharing an affinity with nature; growing up with the cultures of the United States, while finding inspiration from travels abroad. The ideas expressed in my work come from these experiences and surroundings and have helped me develop a formal language that I feel expresses both the world we live in, and my hopes for the future.
About Megan Olson
Megan Olson has been making art since childhood. She is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the world, most notably in New York, Berlin, and Seoul.