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Alanna Graboyes is an Alexandria, Virginia-based abstract 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, she studied under some of the 20th century’s revolutionary abstract expressionists, including Herbert Aach, John Ferren, Charles Cajori, and James Brooks. Afterward, she 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, her professional life focused on information technology and architectural design for digital-age students.
Alanna’s 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. Travels in Provence, Spain, Florida, New England and—more than anywhere else—the Southwestern U.S. Her compositions borrow elements from a procession of art periods: Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, Cubism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism, Pop Art, Conceptualism. Her paintings often begin with photographs that evolve into abstraction, preserving the spirit, but not the form, of the original compositions. Studies of East Asian painting and design philosophy have changed the way she works—how she holds brushes and approaches painting surfaces.
Alanna also teaches innovative art courses for adults focusing on line, light, shadow, color, and abstraction.
older works: http://asgraboyes-archives.blogspot.com