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Ivy Bottini


Retrospective Art of Ivy Bottini

The Interweaving of Life and Art from 1960 to Present Day

Ivy believes creative energy is endless and she expresses it in many ways: visually, strategically, and theatrically; through thought and interpretation.

Ivy is a visionary, lifelong natural leader. Simultaneously, while fighting for civil rights and equality as an activist leader, Ivy returns again and again to her first creative expression, painting.

This retrospective lays out Ivy’s creative path through life, and how the different creative choices she made changed the direction of her life for that period of time.

A Giclee print can be made from most of Ivy’s original works of art appearing on this site.


Section I: BEFORE coming out as a lesbian in 1968

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Painting Period: 1960–1966

Low Tide in Cape Cod Bay

1960

Print from Engraving

10x4

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Claire

1961

Oil on Canvas

20x30

Collection of Ivy Bottini

The Collector

1964

Acrylic on Illustration Board

30x24

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Bridge in Session

1964

Oil & Acrylic on Illustration Board

24x22

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Follow the Leader

1966

Oil on Canvas

36x40

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Tormentors

1966

Acrylic on Illustration Board

22x28

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Alone

1966

Oil on Illustration Board

24x20

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Loud

1966

Oil on Canvas

26x18

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Context: Hiatus in art work. Ivy helped found the first chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in New York City and became its third president in 1968.  In late 1968, Ivy’s marriage to Eddie ended, she acknowledged her lesbianism and moved to New York City.

The art on this site includes works from 1960 to present day. Before Ivy came out as a lesbian in 1968, the subject matter, color pallet and style are noticeably different than after she came out. There is a visual dividing line in her art created between 1960 to 1966 and 1971 to present day. After Ivy came out her color pallet became bright and alive, her subject matter became woman driven, and her style became vibrant, experimental, and at times playful.


Section II: AFTER coming out as a lesbian in 1968

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1968 –1971, New York City: a leader in the Women’s Movement, including NOW during which time she lead the now-famous takeover of the Statue of Liberty on August 10, 1970.

In 1970 - Ivy met the first woman with whom she resided as a partner.

Painting Period: 1971–1972

First Sunday – New York Apartment

1971

Marker on Paper

18x14

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Shenandoah - on  trip to California

1971

Marker on Paper

18x14

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Central Park

1971

Ink on Paper

18x14

$900

September 1971 - Ivy and her then partner moved to California.  Ivy brought feminist consciousness raising, which she developed in the New York NOW chapter as a membership development tool, to the west coast

1972 - Ivy established Wollstonecraft Publishing, where, as the creative director, she illustrated and designed the books they published. The focus was largely on books by and about woman.

Ivy was active in Los Angeles NOW and studied at Lee Strasberg Institute, a professional acting school.

Non-Painting Period: 1973–1993

Context: Ivy believes that creativity is the same no matter where one applies it. It takes many different forms, whether creating works of art, characters on a stage, illustrating books, or developing political strategy. During this period she directed her creative energy toward performance art and then into political campaigns and activism.

The same energy that Ivy used to create works of art was then directed into political campaigns and activism. Creativity is the same no matter where you apply it – it takes many different forms whether works of art or political strategy or characters on the stage.

In November 1973, she moved back to New York, with a new partner. Upon being invited to perform in a New York NOW seven-week “Women to Women” theatre series at Town Hall in NYC, she began developing her standup comedy. Her performance in March 1974 was part of opening night of Town Hall where she debuted “Everywoman.”  “Everywoman” went on to become the signature closing of her one-woman show, Many Faces of Woman. She toured the country with her show for several years.

1975 - Ivy returned to California, continued touring with her show and another new partner, including to Alaska and Hawaii in 1976, as well as two cross-country tours, performing her one-woman comedy show through 1977. She then became involved in political activism, focusing on various issues of importance to her.

1976 - Ivy served as the Women’s Program Director at the LA Gay & Lesbian Community Services Center until she took a leave of absence to work on the Briggs Initiative in 1978.

1976 - Ivy and other Lesbian/Gay community leaders began preparing for the Anita Bryant and John Briggs attack on lesbians and gay men in California, which became known as the “Briggs Initiative/No on Proposition 6.” Ivy served in that campaign as Southern California Deputy Director, and the Briggs Initiative was successfully defeated in November, 1978.

1979 - Ivy obtained her Real Estate License. There were other initiatives leveled against the Lesbian/Gay community over the years and this profession allowed her the freedom of time to continue her leadership role, heading the grassroots aspects of other campaigns, both of which were also defeated.

1981 - Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown as Commissioner for “California Commission on Aging” – the first “out” lesbian or gay to be appointed to a California board or commission.

1982 - The AIDs epidemic began; the death of a good friend prompted Ivy to take an active leadership role in fighting the epidemic and its devastating effects.

1984–1988 - served as President of Stonewall Democratic Club, Los Angles.  During that time she also served as part of the California State Democratic party leadership.

In the early 1990’s, Ivy took her creativity back to performance art for a time.

1991 - Ivy received Drama Logue’s “Best Performance Award” for the highly acclaimed,  Against the Rising Sea at Celebration Theatre.

1994 - Ivy performed with Patty Duke in a two woman show, Conversations With and Without Another.

Painting Period: 1994–1996

Study for Patchwork

1994

Black Ink on Paper

24x18

Collection of Ivy Bottini

 Patchwork

1994

Acrylic on Illustration Board

30x22

$650

Nude with Attitude!

1994

Oil on Illustration Board

28x22

$650

Only the Chosen

1994

Acrylic on Illustration Board

26x22

$650

On the Waves

1994

Acrylic on Illustration Board

10x8

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Into the Woods

1994

Acrylic on Illustration Board

10x8

Collection of Ivy Bottini

The Closet

1994

Mixed Media: Acrylic & Wood on Illustration Board

22x30

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Red Closet

1994

Acrylic on Wood

3 Dimensional

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Landscape Closet

1994

Acrylic on Wood

3 Dimensional

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Big Brother

1994

Acrylic on Illustration Board

Collection of Jean Cordova

Ladies in Pink

1995

Oil on Canvas

40x30

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Good Fit

1995

Acrylic on Illustration Board

24x30

$650

She Is Crucified

1995

Markers on Paper

14x17

$650

Context: 1997 - moved from Silverlake to West Hollywood where she became active in West Hollywood Lesbian/Gay movement politics.

Late 1998 - Ivy was appointed to the City of West Hollywood’s Gay & Lesbian Advisory Board and became co-chair in 2000 and serves in that role to the present time.

Painting Period: 1999–2001

For about two years, Ivy worked exclusively in permanent markers in which she represented the human form. She loved the discipline that was imposed upon her by the nature of the medium. She did not do an under-sketch in pencil, preplanning sketches or thumbnails. She preferred to be pushed by the nature of the medium; she began when she began. Since marker colors are permanent at the time they touch the paper, she had to know where and how she was going to represent the form before beginning every stroke, mark and line. She found that very exciting!

This reflects the philosophy she learned from her lettering professor while at Pratt who said, “When you put your pen to paper, know where you want to go and go there.” Those words became the major philosophy of how Ivy has lived her life.

Flag with Nude

1999

Markers on Paper

17x14

$650

Artist’s Studio with Nude

1999

Markers on Paper

17x14

$650

Female Nude

2000

Markers on Paper

12x14

$500

The Bedroom

2000

Markers on Paper

Collection of David Cavanaugh & Rick Mills

Context: Ivy studied portraiture and full figure painting at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, San Fernando Valley. Some works during this period were done in her private studio, applying her new knowledge and skills, including painting portraits of friends.

Painting Period: 2002–2007

 

*Denotes art from a private collection

 

Wilted Sunflower

2002

Oil Stick on Canvas

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Collection of David Cavanaugh & Rick Mills

The Studio

2003

Conte Pencil on Paper

18x24

Collection of Ivy Bottini

Rock Star

2003

Oil on Canvas Board

12x16

$500 

Student

2003

Oil on Canvas Board

16x20

$500 

Resting Nude

2003

Oil on Canvas

24x16

$750 

Big Head

2003

Oil on Canvas

$800 

Haughty

2003

Oil on Canvas

$700 

Elizabeth

2003

Oil on Canvas

$750 

The Black Hat

2004

Oil on Canvas

30x24

$1,100 

Red Kimono

2004

Oil on Wood

24x32

$1,200 

Male Nude

2004

Conte Pencil on Paper

18x24

$1,200 

Man with Earring

2004

Oil on Canvas Board

16x20

$1,100 

The Red Hat

2004

Oil on Canvas Board

16x20

$1,200 

Brad

2005

Oil on Wood

32x24

$750 

Mr. Dick

2005

Oil on Wood

22x30

$1,200 

Pink Hair

2005

Oil on Canvas

18x24

$750 

Tight Curls

2005

Oil on Canvas

24x30

$2,200 

Silver

2005

Oil on Canvas

18x24

$2,500 

Eric Scott

2005

Oil on Canvas

18x24

Collection of Eric Scott

Elaine Suranie

2005

Oil on Canvas

24x30

Collection of Elaine Suranie

Nude Women

2005

Colored pencil on paper, matted

14x11

$400 

Woman Pleasuring

2005

Colored pencil on paper, matted

14x11

$400 

Context: Recognizing that her failing eyesight, due to macular degeneration, would not allow her to paint portraits any longer because of her inability to paint detail, Ivy went through a nearly two-year period of grieving the loss of her eyesight and her ability to paint portraits.

Early 2009 Ivy received a note from one of her collectors, Rick Mills, who simply wrote her that he wanted her to know how much pleasure her “Wilted Sunflower” painting that he purchased several years ago gives him every morning as he sat in his breakfast area eating. It was just the nudge it took for her to see what she could do with the sight that remains. Her first venture was “American Landscape,” which took three months to finish, as she experimented with her sight limitations.  She chose florals and nature as her next subject matter, because she believes there is more fluidity and experimentation possible in shape and color. She has produced well over two dozen new works in the last year, with a bold and bright approach.

Painting Period: 2009–present

American Landscape

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

36x18

Collection of Andrew Campbell

Sunflower

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

30x24

$2,000 

 

Yellow Water Flowers

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

20x16

$1,000 

 

Blue Stalk

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

16x20

Collection of Dorathy J. Wine

2 Giant Sunflowers & Buds

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

20x20

$1,800 

Leaves

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

$2,600 

 

Heliconia

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

18x24

$1,800 

 

Holly

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

8x8

Collection of Laura Toy

 

Swirl

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$2,000

 

Carnival

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,200

 

Purple Blossom

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,000

 

Deconstructed Bird of Paradise

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,100

 

Lillies

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,500

 

Poppies

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

Collection of Regina Dotson

 

Big Flower

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$2,000

 

Environment & Nature

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,500

 

Blossom with Buds

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,200

 

Thistle

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,000

 

Blue Claws

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$2,000

 

Blue Stalk

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

16x20

Collection of Dorathy J. Wine

 

Night Bloom

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$3,000

 

Pink & White

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$2,000

 

Variegated Leaves

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,200

 

Woman Deconstructed

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

24x18

$1,250

 

Storm

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

48x24

$3,000

 

Cody's Dream

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$3,000

 

Cody Protects

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$3,000

 

Slipper Orchid

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

$1,800

 

English Garden

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,200

 

Vase with Bouquet

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

$1,500

 

Her Last Garden

2009

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

$3,000

 

I AM

2010

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

$2,000

 

Pinwheel

2010

Acrylic on Canvas

16x20

$600

 

Valentine

2010

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

$2,000

 

Ms. Fabulous

2011

Acrylic on Canvas

36x24

$5,000

 


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