Alanna Graboyes

Alanna Graboyes

Alexandria, VA, United States

About Alanna Graboyes

ARTIST STATEMENT
Alanna S.Graboyes

Growing up by the ocean in Far Rockaway, New York, the world’s finest art was only a subway token away. My teachers were some of the great abstract expressionists of the 20th Century, along with the towers and the subway trestles, the streets and the bridges, the roller coasters and long-extinct pastries of mid-century Brooklyn. Their insights gave me lenses for viewing the world around me, and the means to project those visions onto canvas, paper, and silk.

My inspirations are everywhere: 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 compositions borrow elements from a procession of art style periods: Medieval, Baroque, Renaissance, Cubism, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Fauvism, Pop Art, Conceptualism. My paintings begin with photographs that evolve into abstraction, preserving the spirit, but not the form, of the original composition.

As a professional textile designer, I combined my love of color, design and fabric. This experience helped me appreciate abstraction and share that understanding with students. I see patterns, colors, and designs everywhere: vibrant ethnic fashion, designer hand-painted sunglasses, and eve the scale patterns on fresh fish in an outdoor fish market. Travel informs my current work, and memories of Provence, Spain, Florida, New England, and—more than any other place—the Southwestern U.S. inhabit my works. More recently, studies of East Asian painting and design philosophy have changed the way I work—how I hold brushes and how I approach the painting surface. Whether on canvas, heavy watercolor paper, delicate rice paper, masonite, or silk, these works distill the experiences of my life.

Education

BFA, City University of New York. Studied under Aach, Brooks, Ferren, Cajori, Zapkus.
Studied textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC as well as worked in the field of textile design in NYC.

Currently teach adults understanding abstraction as well as doing research in the arts.

Events

Worked at Museum of Modern Art; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Columbia University Fine Arts and Architectural Library and other school, corporate, and public libraries.

Co-authored SoHo: A Guide (Alanna Siegfried and Helene Zucker-Seeman).

Exhibitions

Exhibitions at Columbia University, NYC, Vuillard Mansion, NYC, several public and school libraries.

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)

Feb 2-25, 2018 Art Squared (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia 2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
May 12, 2018 Spring Market (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
August 23-December 4, 2018 Unwined Gourmet Store (Belle View 1600 Belle View Blvd. Alexandria, VA 22307) 2 Artists 1 Exhibit with Ian Bird
September 1-30, 2018 “Eat Drink Be Merry” group show (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)
Nov 30-Dec 2, 2018 (Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia (2704 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301)

April 2019-June 2019 New District Brewing Company, Shirlington, VA group show

May 2019-July 2019 Paintings on display in gallery along main road in Shirlington, VA (former Capitol City Brewing Company)