Alanna S. Graboyes

Joined Artfinder: June 2016

Artworks for sale: 131

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United States

About Alanna S. Graboyes

 
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  • Biography

    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.

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    Event: Del Ray Artisan Calendar 2018

    Dates: Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

    Venue: Del Ray Artisans Calendar, DC/Alexandria metro area

    One of my paintings was selected as the cover painting for the 2018 calendar. Another painting was selected for the month of August. No other artist had two pieces of work represented.

    Event: Winter Holiday Market 2017

    Dates: Dec. 15, 2017 - Dec. 17, 2017

    Venue: Del Ray Artisans, Winter Holiday Market, Alexandria, VA

    This annual holiday market is held over three weekends with a different group of artists each weekend. Various artists and craftsmen are represented. This is juried show.

    Event: 6-Artist Holiday Show

    Dates: Dec. 3, 2017 - Dec. 3, 2017

    Venue: Del Ray Local Artist Holiday Show, Alexandria, VA

    Six local artists displayed their various creations ranging from pottery, graphic design, paintings, silk scarves, jewelry, and woodworking.

    Event: Tuscan Wine Tasting and Local Artist Exhibit

    Dates: Nov. 18, 2017 - Nov. 18, 2017

    Venue: Unwined Gourmet Store, Alexandria, VA

    I was asked to participate in this local wine shops Tuscany program. While the wine tasting was in session I exhibited a select group of paintings and my hand painted silk scarves.

    Event: November 2017 Open Studio

    Dates: Nov. 4, 2017 - Nov. 4, 2017

    Venue: Graboyes Open Studio, Alexandria, VA

    My entire home was opened for tours of my paintings, mixed media projects, as well as my silk scarves, and garments.

    Event: Spring Market

    Dates: May 6, 2017 - May 6, 2017

    Venue: Del Ray Artisans Spring Market, Alexandria, VA

    The Del Ray Spring Market is an outdoor show. Juried exhibit.

    Event: Simply Abstract

    Dates: Jan. 6, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2018

    Venue: Del Ray Artisans Monthly Exhibit, Alexandria, VA

    Simply Abstract is a juried show at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery.

    Event: Winter Holiday Market 2016

    Dates: Dec. 2, 2016 - Dec. 4, 2016

    Venue: Del Ray Artisans, Winter Holiday Market, Alexandria, VA

    Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia

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There are no upcoming events

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Previous events

Event: Del Ray Artisan Calendar 2018

Dates: Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2018

Venue: Del Ray Artisans Calendar, DC/Alexandria metro area

One of my paintings was selected as the cover painting for the 2018 calendar. Another painting was selected for the month of August. No other artist had two pieces of work represented.

Event: Winter Holiday Market 2017

Dates: Dec. 15, 2017 - Dec. 17, 2017

Venue: Del Ray Artisans, Winter Holiday Market, Alexandria, VA

This annual holiday market is held over three weekends with a different group of artists each weekend. Various artists and craftsmen are represented. This is juried show.

Event: 6-Artist Holiday Show

Dates: Dec. 3, 2017 - Dec. 3, 2017

Venue: Del Ray Local Artist Holiday Show, Alexandria, VA

Six local artists displayed their various creations ranging from pottery, graphic design, paintings, silk scarves, jewelry, and woodworking.

Event: Tuscan Wine Tasting and Local Artist Exhibit

Dates: Nov. 18, 2017 - Nov. 18, 2017

Venue: Unwined Gourmet Store, Alexandria, VA

I was asked to participate in this local wine shops Tuscany program. While the wine tasting was in session I exhibited a select group of paintings and my hand painted silk scarves.

Event: November 2017 Open Studio

Dates: Nov. 4, 2017 - Nov. 4, 2017

Venue: Graboyes Open Studio, Alexandria, VA

My entire home was opened for tours of my paintings, mixed media projects, as well as my silk scarves, and garments.

Event: Spring Market

Dates: May 6, 2017 - May 6, 2017

Venue: Del Ray Artisans Spring Market, Alexandria, VA

The Del Ray Spring Market is an outdoor show. Juried exhibit.

Event: Simply Abstract

Dates: Jan. 6, 2017 - Jan. 31, 2018

Venue: Del Ray Artisans Monthly Exhibit, Alexandria, VA

Simply Abstract is a juried show at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery.

Event: Winter Holiday Market 2016

Dates: Dec. 2, 2016 - Dec. 4, 2016

Venue: Del Ray Artisans, Winter Holiday Market, Alexandria, VA

Del Ray Artisans, Alexandria Virginia


 

Biography

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.

 
 
 
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