Art Prodigy Autumn de Forest Still Finds Time to Be a Teenager

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Being a world-renowned artist may not leave much time for a social life, but art prodigy Autumn de Forest still finds time to be a teenager.

“I love to hang out with my friends, I love to go to movies, have sleepovers, that kind of thing,” Autumn says.

This exclusive video from Park West Gallery profiles the young artist in 2017, delving into her inspirations, techniques, and some of her favorite past times when she’s not painting.

Born in 2001, Autumn’s artwork has captured the attention of collectors worldwide during her short career. At age 8, she sold $100,000 worth of paintings in 16 minutes at a February 2010 auction.

Autumn, a descendant of numerous American artists, draws inspiration from iconic 20th-century artists such as Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and Jackson Pollock.

“Dripping Hearts Forever” (2018), Autumn de Forest

Autumn’s incredible accomplishments include being designated the 2015 recipient of the Vatican’s Giuseppe Sciacca Award for Painting and Art. The award recognizes Autumn’s contributions to art as well as her numerous humanitarian efforts. She was invited to present one of her paintings to Pope Francis, which is now officially part of the Vatican Museum art collection.

Following that global recognition, museums around the world began hosting exhibitions of De Forest’s works and adding her artwork to their permanent collections. The Park West Foundation has worked with De Forest to produce exhibitions of her paintings at the Butler Institute of American Art, New York’s LeRoy Neiman Arts Center, and the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, among other institutions.

“Organic Faces” (2019), Autumn de Forest

“I have always wanted to change the world for the better with my art,” De Forest has said. “If my paintings and work with the Park West Foundation can help other young people express themselves—by providing funding for musical instruments, arts education, or art materials—that’s an honor. And if my artwork can help young people express their hope or even their fears through creativity, that is just an incredible feeling.”

“The Power of She” (2019), Autumn de Forest

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