Ingrid V. Wells painting of blue stars

Ingrid V. Wells


      Contemporary Feminist Painter

      Ingrid V. Wells (b. Rockville, MD, 1987) earned her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute and her BFA from Arizona State University. Wells's recent paintings investigate how the elements of art can affect and improve mood. She enjoys using playful subject matter to address difficult topics including women's issues and mental health. Her work has been shown in the Bay Area at Voss Gallery, New York at the Untitled Space, PULSE Miami with Treat Gallery, internationally in South Korea at the CICA Museum and online with PxP Contemporary. Her work has been featured by The Jealous Curator, The Huffington Post, Daily Mail, BUST Magazine, El País, Create! Magazine and Teen Vogue, among others. Wells is a multiple time grant recipient from the Center for Cultural Innovation. Wells currently lives and works in San Francisco.

      Psychology of Glimmers

      Ingrid V. Wells's newest series examines the psychology of glimmers–safety cues that induce calmness–to serve as an antidote to triggering or negative experiences. This body of work is an artist’s direct response to the pandemic and its effects on mental health in the Bay Area.

      Conceptually I'm working with the psychological idea of "glimmers." Glimmers are micro moments that emit positive and calming energy. They move us into a ventral vagal state of safety and connection. Glimmers are the opposite of sympathetic or dorsal states of response (triggers) according to Deb Dana, LCSW and Ruth Buczynski, PhD. 

      From an aesthetic standpoint I'm investigating monochromatic and analogous color schemes and their calming effects on mood. Repeated simple shapes create visual rhythms that disrupt what might be the beginnings of a pattern in a surprising and intriguing way. Imagery includes rainbows, lollipops and shiny stars, as research shows that these types of shapes, textures and images induce happiness in viewers (Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, Fetell Lee). 

      These oil paintings are made as an artist’s direct response to the pandemic and Bay Area lockdowns, in an attempt to provide a positive mindset for viewers. All works are executed in oil on linen and based on still life references including small beads, decoden, charms ...and of course sprinkles. Enjoy!—Ingrid V. Wells

      49 works

      49 works