Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Ali Cavanaugh

Ali Cavanaugh, born in 1973, seeks to encompass key aspects of both body and soul in each of her realistic and unique watercolor paintings through the use of bold and bright color, pattern, and imagery. Cavanaugh has suffered from great hearing loss, making her dependent on the visual world and unspoken language, enhancing her artistic ability and power. Her painting process is extremely unique, as she paints in the style of modern fresco, applying watercolor paint to plaster panels. She began painting on paper but ultimately, after searching for an alternative surface after paper became more difficult to come by, switched to this historical but still occasionally used style of creating art. She uses bold white negative space in contrast with her stunning colors and figures. Another eccentricity each piece of her artwork possesses is a poetic name, allowing the mind of the viewer to interpret the situation his or her way, but nonetheless guiding them in a certain direction.

again divide the timeline g, 2013

Cavanaugh received the Presidential Scholarship from the David Wolcott Kendall Foundation and was able to study painting at Kendall College of Art and Design before completing her BFA at the New York Studio Residency Program in 1995. Her work has been shown in more than 400 collections and galleries all over the world including the United States, Canada, England, Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, Singapore, and Australia. She has also been featured in many magazines and other publications. Cavanaugh currently resides in St. Louis with her husband and four children.

incomplete circumstance, 2010

I will keep my promise, 2010

attempt, 2013

“I’m constantly in a state of awareness about the world; taking in the imagery, colors, and patterns that to my eye are compositions of settings and people. This keeps me in a place where my perception is enriched by each and every moment.” - Ali Cavanaugh

intensify, 2012

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