About and Contact

ARTIST STATEMENT              asgraboyes@gmail.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.

CURRENT EXHIBITS

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;

another painting entitled “59/Queensboro Bridge” was also selected for the month of August. 

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE

Artist website: asgraboyesart.com
Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/asgraboyesart
Artfinder: https://www.artfinder.com/alanna-graboyes#/
Instagram: @asgraboyes
Twitter: @asgraboyes

CONTACT ME
Alanna S. Graboyes: asgraboyes@gmail.com

YOUTUBE PRESENTATIONS

INSPIRATIONS part 1

INSPIRATIONS part 2

INSPIRATIONS part 3

INSPIRATIONS part 4

(older mixed media assemblages:  http://asgraboyes-archives.blogspot.com)

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