Olivia Pendergast attended art school for five years at Columbus College of Art and Design (USA) and began painting professionally a year after graduation. Her studies took her to Scottsdale Art School in 2002. After working for five years in the LA film industry as a conceptual designer, the pull to create her own work through the means of painting was too much to resist. She cut up her credit cards and moved to a cabin in the mountains of Utah to paint, full-time.She prefers painting figuratives and also enjoys landscapes.
She is currently represented by One Off Contemporary Art Gallery in Nairobi where her work was featured in three different exhibitions in 2017 and also Showcase Fine Art Gallery in Dubai. It has also appeared in exhibitions in Ethiopia and Malawi as well as many cities in the United States.
Olivia relocated from the Seattle, Washington area to Kenya in 2016. She currently resides part time in Nairobi and Seattle.
Preview of Works
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2019 - "Facing Life" - Solo Show - One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2019 - "Aura" - Solo Show - One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2017 - "Kenyan Atmosphere" - Solo Show - One Off Contemporary Art Gallery, Nairobi
2016 - "Home” - Hardware Gallery - Solo - Vashon, WA
2015 - "Portraits of the Middle Way" - Solo Show - Showcase Gallery,Dubai
2013 - “World of Women”- Solo Show Hardware Gallery, Vashon, Wa
2012 - Blue Heron Gallery - Commissioned Artist - Gala Fundraiser, Wa
2012 - Children of OFK - Serenade Gallery, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2011 - “Forgetting Haiti” - Solo Show - Blue Heron Gallery - WA
2010 - Utah Museum of Fine Art - Gala Invitational Group Show - SLC, UT
2010 - "Our Father’s Kitchen" - Solo Show - Art Access Gallery - SLC, UT
2007 City Weekly – Best Painter in Utah
2006 Springville Museum of Art Spring Salon – Third Place – Springville, Ut
2004 American Assoc of University Women - Utah Women Artist Exhibition Best of Show
2004 UVSC Woodbury Museum – Women’s Show –First Place and Honorable Mention
2002 Scottsdale Artist School - Full Merit Scholarship - Scottsdale, AZ
2002 “Art of the Parks” Competition Top Two Hundred Show - Jackson, WY
2000 Vermont Studio Center Merit Scholarship - Johnson, VT
1999 Kimball Art Center Honorable Mention Award - Park City, Ut
Business Daily - 01-02-2019 - Painting Ordinary People with Extraordinary Glows
15 Bytes – "From a Warm Heart" - 08/2008 http://www.artistsofutah.org/15bytes/08june/page9.html
Concert Program Magazine - 07/2007 - Featured Artist Utah Symphony and Opera
Salt Lake Magazine – 09/2006 - “Artists to Watch”
South West Art Magazine - 02/2005 – “Start Your Collection”
15 Bytes – 07/2005 - Contemporary Native American Show Review
15 Bytes - Holly Mae Pendergast” 03/2003 www.artististofutah.com e-zine.
Park Record - “Behind the Mask” -
Olivia Pendergast is exclusively represented in East Africa by One Off