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Hotel Figueroa Featured Artist Series: Sophie Kipner


Sophie Kipner grew up in a rock ‘n’ roll household (her songwriter father wrote the Olivia Newton-John hit “Let’s Get Physical”) and was always interested in art. But it was only after a detour to study journalism that she started experimenting with ‘blind contour’ drawings (where you keep you eyes on the subject and draw without looking at the paper or canvas) for friends. This grew into a business and now a series of portraits of rock legends that are on show in the ground lobby of the Hotel Figueroa, now retrofitted but staying true to its roots. The downtown hotel was founded in 1926 by women from the local YWCA, and its current owners have committed to showing the work of female L.A. artists and culture-makers. This summer you can see the work of Sophie Kipner.

Now through the end of September.