Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fair Weather...

It's ART season here in Seattle! The inaugural Seattle Art Fair opens this evening with a preview party at the CenturyLink Field Event Center (WaMu Theater), and the fair runs through Sunday, Aug 2nd.  

This means a jam packed weekend for art lovers awaits with numerous art happenings coinciding with this main event. Too many to mention here so I am including a link at the bottom of this post.  

In conjunction with the fair I will have new work on display for this weekend only at the Hall Spassov Gallery in Seattle. Below are the images that will be up from *Friday thru Sunday only (July 31 - Aug 2). 

*This will be the final exhibition for Hall / Spassov in the Seattle location as they are permanently closing their Seattle space and focusing on their Bellevue Gallery.

Codex - encaustic, shellac,oil - 24 x 48

Blue Tide - encaustic, shellac,oil - 24 x 48

Wanderer - encaustic, shellac,oil - 24 x 48

Courageous - encaustic, shellac,oil -48 x 24

Fair Dates/Hours/Locations/Satellite Events: Click Here to see the listings in The Stranger

Friday, July 24, 2015

Studio Update...

Hey there...I hope you are enjoying this amazing summer so far!

I have spent most of this season hunkered down in the studio enjoying the long sunny days that spill into my windows and light up my workspace. 

Work-in-progress for my upcoming show at the Hall /Spassov Gallery
There has been a lot of painting and preparing going on here as I get ready for my next solo exhibition coming up this October. (see info below)

"Sojourns" opens  at the Hall / Spassov Gallery in Bellevue, Washington this October. Come check out this gorgeous "jewel box" of a gallery and see what I've been working on all summer.  Here are the deets…..

Hall Spassov Gallery presents:
New Encaustic Works by
Alicia Tormey
October 1 - 31

Join Us for the Opening Reception
Friday, October 2nd
5pm - 9pm

Hall Spassov Gallery
800 Bellevue Way NE, Suite 150

Bellevue, WA 98004

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Open Studios at Inscape...

Inscape Arts Summer Open Studios
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Hours: 1pm to 6pm
(Visit Studio #118 if you want to see what I have been up to.)

More details here: Inscape Arts on Facebook

Monday, April 27, 2015

My Process...

Since I first encountered encaustic over 25 years ago I have watched it grow from an obscure ancient painting method to a widely popular and recognized fine art medium. 

With interest in encaustic continuing to expand, I receive daily inquiries from other artists about my painting methods and techniques: How do you do it? What materials are you using? Will you teach me how? ... and so on. I feel quite honored that so many of you seek my advice and I want to reply to your questions in a thoughtful, respectful and informative manner. 

Detail from Carnival Vista - Encaustic w/mixed media - 24" x 48" -Alicia Tormey 2015

For the past 15 years I have worked exclusively with encaustic and my work is known for the distinct surface patterning and web-like textures that appear in all of my paintings. The most common misperception about my art is that it is entirely based on materials and process alone. But there is much more to it than some secret recipe or technique. It's the act of painting and my commitment and intention as an artist that allows me to achieve the results you see in my work. The truth is... I labor over each and every piece to achieve my signature effects. The irony is: It takes a lot of hard work to make a painting feel effortless and to create something that is truly unique and distinctive. 

I really appreciate it when people reach out and make an effort to connect and I celebrate and support your artistic endeavors at whatever level you are creating. I don’t currently teach or share my methods (I’m saving that chapter for retirement)but I've listed a few links below that you may find helpful. 

My advice:

Experiment... play... and find that voice that makes your work unique to you.

For more information on encaustic painting check out these links:

Wishing you all the best. 
Cheers! ~ Alicia

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Really Wild

Boston Globe art critic, Cate McQuaid, reviews Organica show. . .

Read her article below...

Wild, Dreamy Images
At Chase Young Gallery, Alicia Tormey’s “Gaudium.”
 Alicia Tormey makes pictures. Wild, intoxicating pictures with jewel tones, spatial complexity, abstract passages, and giddy motion, which are now on view at Chase Young Gallery. Looking at them is a less contemplative process than looking at work by Lipsky and Tollens. Likewise, they are rewarding in different ways.
What Tormey has in common with those two painters is a commitment to technique. She mixes beeswax, ink, and shellac, and builds her images, in part, with a blowtorch. The ink, it appears, makes the picture; layers of wax add the illusion of distance. The heated shellac bubbles and threads, creating an organic overlay that crawls over the surface, and frames the color beneath like a stained glass window.
The artist’s floral pieces, such as “Sublimus” and “Gaudium,”are hardly still lifes. In these fierce blooms, delicate strands and wisps of jewel-like color streak like silk in the wind. They’re fiery — if fire were purple, green, or gold — and seem held together by those delicate bubbles caused by the blowtorch.
Those flowers come at you, all along the surface. Tormey’s landscapes recede dreamily into soft hazes. “Kaleidoscope” depicts a river delta fading into a pearlescent distance. The deep brown web of shellac over pale green delineates the land. Three slender ribbons in the foreground bring us right to the surface.
Alicia Tormey’s “Kaleidoscope.”
If we were looking through binoculars, these ribbons would be hairs in a lens. They’re that close, and they make the space of this landscape appear impossibly grand. With a technique that leans toward gorgeous, it’s easy to go too far. Most of the time, Tormey’s tones, lines, and her attention to detail work to her favor.
At: Chase Young Gallery, 450 Harrison Ave., through April 30. 617-859-7222
Published in the Boston Globe on April 8th, 2015
Here's a link to the full article: Boston Globe

Tuesday, March 24, 2015


New works will be presented in Boston at the Chase Young Gallery in April.

My solo show, Organica, opens April 1st and runs through April 25th. I will be attending the opening reception to be held on Friday April 3rd from 6pm to 8pm. I welcome the opportunity to meet you so please come by the gallery and say hello.

Here's a little preview of some of the pieces that will be in the show…

Jasper Vista by Alicia Tormey, 12 x 12, Encaustic  2015
Kaleidoscope by Alicia Tormey, 12 x 12, Encaustic  2015

Organica II by Alicia Tormey, 12 x 12, Encaustic  2015

 Working on a large scale piece for Organica

Alicia Tormey at work in the studio

Alicia Tormey at work in the studio

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Winter Show

Two of my latest encaustic works will be on display this month at the Chase Young Gallery in Boston. The show runs Feb 4 - 28 with an opening reception on Friday, Feb 6.  In April the gallery will be featuring a solo show of my work and I plan on attending the opening reception on April 3rd.  Please come by and say hello if you find yourself in the Boston area. I look forward to seeing you there!

The piece featured above is  titled Rare Earth , encaustic w/ mixed media, 12" x 24" and below is Aventurine, encaustic w/mixed media , 24" x 24". 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Out with a BANG!

So much good stuff right now…
I received notification that I will be awarded a grant from Artist Trust. Ive been selected for a: Grant for Artist Projects otherwise known as a GAP Grant. Feeling very honored to be recognized in this way from such a wonderful organization as Artist Trust. Here's the mission statement and link from their website:

Artist Trust is a not-for-profit organization whose sole mission is to support and encourage individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enrich community life throughout Washington State. To accomplish its mission, Artist Trust raises funds from an array of sources in order to:
Give financial grants, through a peer review process, to individual artists working in the visual, performing, media, literary, and interdisciplinary arts;
Serve as a professional information resource for artists and encourage artists to support each other; and,
Provide recognition and support for the contributions artists make to the lives of people of Washington State and for the merit and integrity of artists' work.

Indomitus: Untamed wraps up at Hall | Spassov Gallery

More good news….
This month began with the opening of my solo exhibition, Indomitus: Untamed,  at the Hall/Spassov Gallery. As the show comes to a close this week I am happy to report that it was nearly a sell out. The few remaining works will be on display as part of a group show in November that focuses on artists working with encaustic. 

So honored and flying high on all this good news. Wishing you a splendid fall and hope that amazing and good things rise up to meet you. Thanks for reading. Cheers ~ Alicia

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Opening Night

It's happening…My solo show opens tomorrow night in Bellevue at the Hall Spassov gallery. Here's a little preview….

For more show images check out the gallery website at: Hall | Spassov Gallery

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Indomitus: Untamed

My latest body of work will be on display for the month of October at the Hall | Spassov Gallery in Bellevue, Washington.  This show will include a mix of my botanical works and abstracted landscapes. Below are some images of work-in-progeress and all the details you need to attend the opening.

In the studio…work-in-progress. Encaustic w/ mixed media 40" x 60"

Elatus - Encaustic w/mixed media - 24" x 48" 

New Encaustic Works by Alicia Tormey 

October 1 - 31, 2014
Opening Reception October 1st 5pm - 8pm

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities...

Two Cities - Two Galleries - Two Shows…and one busy painter.

First up…BOSTON: Chase Young Gallery - Annual Summer Group Show - July 2 - 27

Installation view - Chase Young Gallery

Chase Young Gallery in Boston is currently featuring three of my new florals in their 
annual summer group show that runs July 2 - July 27. 

Top image: Stella Matutina (Morning Star) encaustic 24"  x 24 " 

Below: Three new botanical pieces hanging with a painting by Nina Tichava.  

Installation view - Chase Young Gallery

Meanwhile back in Seattle….

Hall /  Spassov Gallery inaugural summer opening: User Profile 
A group show featuring the works of gallery artists. 
Opening night at the Hall Spassov Gallery - Seattle
Amy Spassov,  Alicia Tormey, Erik Hall

On Display for User Profile at Hall Spassov….

Crossings - Encaustic w/mixed media  36" x 48"
Available at the Hall Spassov Gallery

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

There's a New Kid in Town...

The Hall Spassov Gallery will soon be opening their second location in the heart of Seattle's art district in Pioneer Square. Owners Erik Hall and Amy Spassov will be taking over the former Grover Thurston space at 319 3rd Avenue South.

Hall Spassov is now representing me in both locations and will feature my work in a solo show at their Bellevue gallery this October. They will have their first official Seattle opening on July 3rd for the monthly First Thursday Art Walk and I hope you'll join me in welcoming them to their new home.

Making Appearances...

My work was featured in the March issue of the Seattle Times Pacific NW Magazine. It was part of this editorial spread of a beautiful northwest home.
Photo credit: Benjamin Benschneider / The Seattle Times

I have a new piece installed at the Madison Tower / Hotel 1000 building in downtown Seattle. This sumptuous interior was designed by Wascha Studios.

Summer at Inscape…

Inscape is once again opening their doors to the public with a 
Summer Open Studios Event on Sunday, June 22 from 12 - 6. 

There will be free parking behind the building in the PFI parking lot. I will be working away in my studio so please stop in and say hello. Inscape is located at 815 Seattle Blvd, Seattle WA 98134. For more information visit