Lori Mehta is one of the two artists featured in Beacon Gallery’s current show “Layers & Light”. Her representational pieces are truly spectacular and photographs hardly do them justice, as her dense brushstrokes form intricate layers only visible in the presence of her art. Using a flat brush and a palette knife, Mehta is able to capture unpredictable movement, creating uneven edges that amplify her paintings. Her simplistic planes of color do not take anything away from the caliber of her work, but only add visual interest to each of her pieces.
Mehta was recently selected to be a member of the Copley Society of Art, the oldest non-profit art association in the United States. During her brief membership status, Lori has found great success, winning two Awards of Merit, selling both of her paintings in the New Members show, and selling five of her small pieces.
Of her many remarkable works featured in Beacon Gallery’s “Layers & Light”, her “Steep Recline” won First Place in the Copley Society of Art Juried Members Show, called “In the Style Of.” The juror of this show was Thomas Kellaway, the editor in chief of American Art Review.
Lori Mehta, Steep Recline, 18 x 26
Also featured in “Layers & Light,” her “Messy Bun” won third place in a North River Arts Show called “Focus on Figures.” This show was judged by Rob Liberace, who wrote, “[she] displays a strong sense of design with an almost posterized patternization of color and light which gives the work its visual strength. The pose and style evokes Degas but the artistic approach, with its mechanical computerized organization of forms reminds me of a modern version or Vermeer’s world seen through a camera obscura.”
If her success in the Copley Society of Art is not impressive enough, Mehta was recently featured in the Boston Globe’s lifestyle section in a feature called “My Instagram”. In this piece, Globe Correspondent Sophie Cannon conducted a Q&A with the artist. The article covers everything from what started Mehta’s passion for painting to why she chose to use Instagram as a platform to showcase her work. Check out her Instagram @lorimehtaart.
In addition, Maine Cottage was so impressed by her talent that they contacted Mehta and featured her as an artist in the Fall 2017 (check out the Fall 2017 catalogue here) and will be featured in the Summer 2018 catalog (to be released shortly). Mehta now sells her prints through their online and retail outlet.
Come check out her amazing pieces for yourself: “Layers & Light” will be on view until June 16th. You can also find Mehta’s other works on her website lorimehtaart.com