ARTIST STATEMENT email@example.com asgraboyesart.com
I am an Alexandria, Virginia-based artist whose work includes oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings; hand-painted silk scarves; photographs; and Joseph Cornell-inspired window boxes.
Born in Brooklyn and raised by the ocean in Far Rockaway, Queens, the world’s finest art was only a subway token away. At Queens College, I studied under some of the 20th century’s revolutionary abstract expressionists, including Herbert Aach, John Ferren, Charles Cajori, and James Brooks. Afterward, I worked as a textile designer, co-authored the first definitive book on the SoHo art district, and worked in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Columbia University. At Columbia, and later in Richmond and Northern Virginia, my professional life focused on information technology, research practices for digital-age students, and architectural design of 21st century high school libraries.
My inspirations are everywhere: New York’s towers, trestles, streets, and bridges; the roller coasters and long-extinct pastries of mid-century Brooklyn; the shadow of a cloud; the high desert of New Mexico; the colors of an insect; the fog and mist; lettering; the sound of words, color, texture, line, shape, and space; my travels to France, Spain, Portugal, Florida, New England, California coast, Canada, Maine, and—more than anywhere else—the Southwestern U.S.
My compositions borrow elements from a procession of art periods: Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, Cubism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism, Pop Art, Conceptualism.
My paintings often begin with images inspired by my photographs; they evolve into abstraction, preserving the spirit, but not the form, of the original compositions. My studies of East Asian painting and design philosophy have changed the way I paint, how I hold a paintbrush, and how I approach the painting surface, whether it be canvas, rice paper, watercolor paper or fabric.
Lastly I teach art courses for adults, focusing on line, light, shadow, color, texture and most of all understanding abstract art.
December 2-4, 2016 Winter Holiday Market (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
January 6-31, 2017 Simply Abstract (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
May 6, 2017 Spring Market (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
November 4, 2017 ASGraboyesArt open studio
November 18, 2017 (display through January 6,2018) Unwined Gourmet Store (Bradlee Shopping Center, 3690 King St. #J, Alexandria, VA 22302) one-woman show, simultaneous exhibit and artist talk, with a major vintner from Tuscany
December 3 2017 6-Artist Holiday Show in Alexandria, Virginia
December 15-17, 2017 Del Ray Holiday Market (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
Del Ray Artisans Calendar 2018 – Painting entitle “Souvenirs” was selected for the cover;
SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE
Alanna S. Graboyes: firstname.lastname@example.org
(older mixed media assemblages: http://asgraboyes-archives.blogspot.com)