Kerry Rowland-Avrech originated from the Venice art scene in Southern California. One of the great art towns, Rowland-Avrech was one of the earliest supporters of the Venice Art Walk. Rowland-Avrech participated for many years in the Art Walk while a resident of Venice. A seasoned veteran of large format mural painting, and part of the Davis Mural Team, she created one of the first murals recently installed in Davis. It is located on the historically designated Anderson Bank Building on the corner of G and 2nd Street, and is part of the Transmedia Art Walk. Since that commission, Rowland-Avrech created two additional murals, and collaborated on twelve others, as well as receiving the commission from the City of Davis Civic Arts Commission to restore Terry Buckendorf’s “Columbus Café Mural”, created in 1977. In the summer of 2013, she and several members of the Davis Mural Team created their largest mural yet, “Cycling through Time” for the Davis Odd Fellows.
Her current works include oil or acrylic mediums,depending upon the result she is looking for in the artwork. From landscape, color field or surrealistic images, she strives to create deeply personal and internal dialogues within them. Earlier works resemble nothing more than color field paintings, and for those she focused on the interaction of the colors and color harmonies to achieve movement and depth without symbolism or narrative. At other times, she is creating works that are more akin to Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism, and the images that were of somewhat tortuous or nocturnal landscapes and mythological pieces, have transformed into abstracted Californian landscapes and introspective dialogs.
As an eminent contemporary female painter in California, Rowland-Avrech’s work shows a vast depth of understanding of American Art. As a California native from Venice Beach, she grew up with the culture of the sixties: civil rights, activism, abstractionism, and so much more. However, while the artists and movements from the sixties are the main influence for her work, her paintings address the viewer in a way that is deeply engrained in the present
Work featured "Ophelia"
John Natsoulas Center for the Art
521 First Street, Davis, Ca 95618