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"Help Is On The Way", Cristina Natsuko Paulos, 27" x 20", acrylic paint and watercolor on paper, 2012

Cristina Natsuko Paulos

“Help is on the Way”

July 5th– July 28th, 2013

Reception: First Friday, July 5th, 7-10pm

Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-3:00pm Friday-Sunday,12:00pm-6:00pm

Blackbird Studios

1551 S.Commerce Street

(inside Commerce Street Studios)

Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 782-0319



Las Vegas, NV - Artist Cristina Natsuko Paulos (see attached bio) will present her drawings and paintings in an exhibit entitled "Help is on the Way" from July 5th through 29th at Blackbird Studios in Las Vegas’s 18b Arts District. “Help Is On The Way” is a gorgeous, powerful and ultimately haunting portrayal of emotional illness that the gallery-goer will not easily forget.

An award-winning artist, graduate of The California Institute of the Arts and recipient of several Nevada Arts Council grants and fellowships, Paulos is an internationally recognized illustrator, animator and fine artist whose work has appeared in Juxtapoz, Hi Fructose and IDM, in galleries such as Giant Robot (Los Angeles) and La Luz De Jesus (Los Angeles), and in film festivals around the country and theatrical puppetry performances. She has also produced an original animation short for Children’s Television Workshop children’s program The New Electric Company. Her work is also featured in the permanent collection of the Cirque du Soleil Contemporary Art Collection.

Paulos work incorporates a variety of materials and techniques, including ink, paint, dye, handmade paper, canvas, wood and mixed media, often focusing on her recurring illustrated characters  "The Mirror Twins.” The illustrated characters are mirrored or a reversed doppelganger.  The genesis of “The Mirror Twins” was a creation of accident, realized through the process of hand drawn animation during Paulos’ matriculation at CalArts.

In her exhibition, Paulos studies the extreme and difficult landscape of bipolar disorder, exploring an emotionally charged landscape using open, almost cartoonish characters, helping the viewer to relate to the challenges she documents, contemporary pop and existential anguish in equal measure.

In the main room of the exhibition, entitled “Help Is On The Way”, Paulos uses paper and cardboard illustrations to portray the contrasted and harrowing experience of bipolar emotional and mental peaks and valleys -- kneeling, fractured childlike female figures, gleeful mania mirrored and merged with dark depression. Several pieces were created through the process of “automatic drawing”, representing a stream of consciousness poured out onto the canvas.  An adjoining room features “Frigments” -- a portmanteau of “figments” and “fragments”. In these works, Paulos’ girls are beset on all sides by the swirling phantasmagoria of bipolar delusion.

“Help is on the Way” runs July 5th through July 29th at Blackbird Studios.

This project is funded, in part by a grant from the Nevada Art Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information contact:

Gina Quaranto

Blackbird Studios (located in Commerce Street Studios)

1551 S. Commerce Street, Las Vegas NV 89102




Cristina Natsuko Paulos




"Smoke and Mirrors", by Cristina Natsuko Paulos, 24" x 12", acrylic paint and oil paint on wood

"I Wanna Be Your Dog", by Cristina Natsuko Paulos, 18" x 24", fabric dye, graphite dust, acrylic paint, and ink on paper

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