Stella Untalan is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. Born in Guam, educated in NYC, settled in Philadelphia.
She studied drawing and printmaking at the Art Students League and School of Visual Arts in New York City. She studied communication design at Parsons in New York City and has been a creative professional for more than 30 years. The disciplined and intuitive aspects of being a designer and artist, the work and the play, the seeing and the telling, are totally integrated expressions.
Stella's work is about process and materials, it is methodical, repetitious, and meditative.
Many drawings focus on measurement and probing.
Each series of marks is made by filling a tool then making marks until the liquid is gone. The repetition allows her to be caught up in a rhythm; the proximity of the marks create rest and action. She touches the surface, makes the mark, and then moves away. In this work the process defines the outcome. It is minimalist, repetitive, and iterative.
As the artist and viewer step back a topology of process is revealed.
Repetition: Group Show, ARTSPACE 1241, August 2017
Seeing Red, ARTSPACE 1241, February 2016
A City of Artists: Celebrating Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, October 2016
Celebration of Art and Life 2016
being in the woods : Dennis, Mowat, Untalan, ARTSPACE1241, June 2016
366 iPhone drawings, @HBHQ, Summer 2015
RiTUAL Reading Room, @HBHQ, Winter 2015
Small Miracles, Gallery1315, November 2015
Creative Tension, Perkins Center for the Arts, October 2014
Soundings : Mowat, Ralston, Untalan, 110 CHURCH gallery, June 2014
Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, February 2014
Philadelphia Photo Day, 120 N 3RD Street, November 2013
MADE IN PHILLY, CFEVA Philadelphia Public Art Project, October 2013
366 #drawingaday, 110 CHURCH gallery, November 2012
Spring Awakening, Philadelphia Board of Ethics, April 2012
Neutral Disturbance, 110 CHURCH gallery, April 2011
Philadelphia Community Show, Third Street Gallery, February 2011
Surface Murmurs, Heavybubble @110, Solo Show, June 2010
Starbucks Juried Show, West Chester, January 2010
Summer Sizzler, Third Street Gallery, Invitational, 2010
Chester County Art Association Juried Member Show, September 2009
Starbucks Juried Show, West Chester July 2009
Marks toMAKE, ART @Bridge Club of Center City, May 2009
makingFIVE - five artists, ART @Bridge Club of Center City, December 2008
Quattro Amici +, Philadelphia Java Company
Chester Springs Studio, All About Trees, June 2008
Group Show, Carano Gallery, Philadelphia May-Aug 2008
Black is the Color, juried show, Philadelphia, September 2007
POST Preview, Freeman’s Gallery, October 2007
POST at B32 Gallery, October-November 2007
Main Line Art Center : Works on Paper, juried show 2007
Main Line Art Center Members Show, October - November 28th, 2007
Frederick Gallery, Three Woman Show, July 2006
Schuylkill Gallery, Sherman Mills, SMARTS Group, June 2006
Stella’s artwork is in numerous private collections.