If art imitates life, then Phoenix-based painter Rachel Bess is living in a world full of stunningly corporeal ghosts.
It's no wonder, then, that the acclaimed Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale is now showing Bess' work. For the past few years, Bess' paintings have been represented by Perihelion Arts in downtown Phoenix, a gallery known for hosting local cutting edge and fringe art (as well as pop art by musicians like Devo singer Mark Mothersbaugh and former Marilyn Manson bassist Gidget Gein).
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Bess' move from Perihelion to Lisa Sette was facilitated by Perihelion co-owner Amy Young and Sette's assistant, Duane Smith. Both of them encouraged Sette to look into Bess' art, and Sette says she liked what she saw.
Perihelion Arts will continue to represent Bess' work in Europe. "We have built a base of collectors for Rachel's work around the world and we know that will continue to grow," Amy Young says. "She is extremely dedicated to her career and it has been a thrill to see nuances in every new show. Her painting is never not stunning."