Adonna Khare is an American artist known for her fanciful, large-scale carbon pencil drawings featuring creatures juxtaposed with ordinary events. Her drawings are not pre-planned, rather they evolve through Khare’s experiences with people and the absurdities of life. The result is a group of drawings in which the animals coexist in a world beyond ours, and are inexplicably tied together, often not by choice. Through her work, the artist hopes to inspire adults and children to allow their imaginations to envelop them into a world other than their own. Viewers are encouraged to spend time discovering the work as it unfolds foot-by-foot, story-by-story.
Khare received her Master of Fine Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. Her work has been collected by prestigious public and private collections throughout the world. In 2012, she won the world’s largest art competition ArtPrize, competing against more than 1500 artists from all around the world. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, NPR, The Huffington Post, and Daily Mail.
Organized by the Boise Art Museum
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IMAGE: Adonna Khare, Pool Party (detail), 2015, carbon pencil on paper, 6’ x 20’, courtesy of the artist.
HEADER IMAGE: Adonna Khare, Elephant Clothesline (detail), 2015, carbon pencil on paper, 5′ x 13′. Photo © Phil Hatten