She is living the dream of every art school graduate. Young and talented, Marla Olmstead sold her first painting for $ 250 from a hometown coffee shop. She quickly caught the attention of some art world people and her career skyrocketed. Now she has her own show in a prestigious New York gallery, and her paintings sell for as much as $15,000.
But Marla is no art school grad. She has barely graduated from diapers. She is just four years old. “I really, really like piggies,” she says, unaware of her status in the New York art scene. Critics and buyers see depth and emotion in her work. They admire the consistency and evolution of her style. Already, she is being compared to many of the “greats” of abstract art — people like Kandinsky, Pollock, and Miró.
This instantly famous four-year-old has revived the debate over the worth of abstract art. There are some who say children are obviously the best qualified among us to “throw paint at paper”. Marla likes the drip technique, too, but only sometimes. Normally she uses brushes, spatulas, squirt bottles, and fingers. Her dark backgrounds support bright, dynamic displays of color. These paintings are certainly not ugly. If you're curious, you should visit her website (marlaolmstead.com), where you can see most of her works.