9/18/12

Time Traveler


Daniel Carrillo poses in front of his work.
A few days ago I had the opportunity to visit photographer, Daniel Carrillo, in his south Seattle studio. Carrillo demonstrated his daguerreotype photo process and shared his techniques with an eager crowd of photo enthusiasts. 

Carrillo shows off a glass plate image during a studio demonstration.
His images remind me of the work of Edward Curtis, another northwest photographer who worked in this region during the late 1800's. Carrillo's work has the grit and intrigue of vintage photographs but they also exude a contemporary confidence.The combination of these characteristics is what makes Carrillo's work so mesmerizing and you can see it in these portraits posted below...

Portrait of Shenandoah Davis by Daniel Carrillo

Portrait of Kiki Smith by Daniel Carrillo

Portrait of Cable Griffith by Daniel Carrillo
More about the artist....
Daniel Arutro Carrillo Lozano (b. 1973) is a self-taught mezzotint artist and photographer.
Born in Mexico and raised in California, he moved to Seattle in 1997. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and juried exhibitions and is now on display at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.

He is currently photographing members of the Seattle area arts community using the wet collodion method invented in 1851 and the first viable form of photography, the daguerreotype invented in 1839 by J.L.M Daguerre.
Dan Carrillo's work on display at the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle.
Installation view of Carrillo's work at the  Greg Kucera Gallery.
Dan making adjustments while I hold my pose.

My very own Carrillo portrait.

Double take!

Me with artist/photographer, Dan Carrillo.
It is always a pleasure to meet talented artists who are so open and generous with their time and expertise. Daniel is one of these people and a super nice guy. Don't miss the opportunity to see his current show up now at the Greg Kucera Gallery through September 29th and visit his website to see more of his stunning photographs: Daniel Carrillo Web Site

9/7/12

Gold Rush



Back in the studio and working on some fun projects after what has been an amazing summer and action packed August. Here are a few photo highlights from last month....

I gold leafed my arm for the encore opening at Grover Thurston. I wanted to wear a big metal cuff and couldn't find one so I painted this on my arm using traditional gold leaf. It was a bit like having a golden tattoo and it was easily removed the next day with a little tea tree oil.

My gold leafed "tattoo".

Showing off my golden cuff at the Grover /Thurston Gallery. 
The following week I had guests in the studio as part of a stock photography shoot for Getty Images. Photographer, Tom Barwick, and his lovely assistant, Brooke, photographed me working in my space. 

Photo shoot in progress...




One of the final images from Tom Barwick's photo shoot.
A few days after these photos were taken I boarded a plane headed for the Hawaiian island of Maui. It was my first visit there and I spent the entire week in the ocean. The reefs provided an abundance of inspiration in color, texture and form that I know will have an impact on my work in the future. I got to swim with majestic sea turtles and learned how to smile underwater with a snorkel in my mouth. Even had the chance to see an art installation by Patrick Dougherty at the Hui No'eau Visual Art Center on Maui.

Felt like a 12 year old kid in the water!


Installation by Patrick Dougherty


Patrick Dougherty installation at Hui No'eau.
With bags still packed from Hawaii I jumped in the car and began my road trip over to Sun Valley, Idaho, for an opening of new work at the Gilman Contemporary. Drove through smoke filled highways to get there but was happy to find it clear and beautiful upon arrival.

Smoke painted hills in Idaho.

Driving through a fog bank of smoke on the way to Sun Valley.
Enjoyed a gorgeous evening at the Gilman Contemporary gallery with the Gilman girls and closed out the summer with one last show of the season. Sold a few paintings, drove a few hundred miles and made it back to Seattle just in time for the September art walk.


Me with the ladies of Gilman Contemporary: Casey, Me, Raine and L'Anne
Detail of new work from the Gilman Contemporary show


Opening night at Gilman Contemporary.
Phew...ok...so that's the month in review...I left out the parts with scorpions, sharks, flea markets, festivals and reunions. I hope your summer has been an adventurous one too! Starting up some new projects now and preparing for my next show in February 2013 at the Chase Young gallery in Boston.  Stay tuned for some photos of new work in progress.





7/28/12

Double Take...




Just in case you missed all the fun in July... there will be an encore artists reception for the Drifting show up now at the Grover /Thurston Gallery. The next opening will be on Thursday, August 2nd from 6-8pm and there will be several new works on display for the first time.






Why two openings? 

The exhibition is up for 6 weeks so it overlaps for two First Thursday events. Lucky me to have the double honor of sharing the work and discussing my art for the evening. 







Join me this Thursday for an evening of art and conversation. 

Drifting 

July 5th - August 18th, 2012
Encore Artist Reception August 2nd 6-8pm

Grover/Thurston Gallery

319 Third Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104





6/20/12

Exploding in July...

The fireworks have started early this year... I am thrilled to announce that I am now represented on the East coast by the Chase Young Gallery in Boston. Two of my new florals will be featured in a group show opening there on July 6th. I will also have new work up at the Gilman Contemporary Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho, and my solo show at Grover Thurston opens July 5th. Wow! Feeling really honored to have so much interest in my art this year. Just want to say "Thank you!" to all those who follow and support my work! It matters! Hope you can make it out to one of these shows and maybe I'll see you in July! Images above: Ophelia's Dream I & II - 24" x 24" - encaustic w/mixed media - 2012

6/14/12

Drifting...in the Studio


Painting night and day now as I come into the final stretch of preparation for my show next month at the Grover /Thurston Gallery. Some of the paintings I am creating are quite large for encaustic works but I am having fun wrestling with these big guys and arriving at some surprising new places within the work. The opening will be held on July 5th from 6 to 8 and I will be hanging out to discuss this new series and connect with dear friends who have otherwise lost me to the art world. The show runs through August 15th and there will be another opening event held on August 2nd for the First Thursday Art Walk. I hope you can join me for one or both of these events. Formal details below:



Drifting
Alicia Tormey

opening reception  July 5th  - 6pm to 8pm

Show runs July 5th - August 15th
Grover /Thurston Gallery
319 3rd Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104


More images and some thoughts on the inspiration for this show are soon to follow...



5/22/12

Colorful Conversations











Responding to color:
This is a wonderful exploration of color produced by RadioLab. Required listening for artists and color enthusiasts!

4/8/12

Flying Colors...


No time to dye eggs this year...I've been too busy working with color in the studio! Sharing a few images here from a new series that is beginning to take shape. I'm enjoying the excitement of these saturated and vibrant pigments suspended in layers of wax. Some of them remind me of the jewel-toned hard candy my grandmother used to make.




In May, a few of these new paintings will make a cameo appearance at the San Francisco Art Market courtesy of the Gilman Contemporary. More will be on display at the Grover Thurston Gallery during my solo exhibition that opens July 5th, 2012.  In my next post I will let you in on another project that was sparked by this body of work. HINT: You'll see my art on the slopes next winter!
To learn more about Alicia Tormey visit aliciatormey.com and Alicia Tormey on Facebook

3/6/12

Traffic Stop




Celebrating all things unpredictable today...A group of unknown bikers spilled about 500 liters of water-based environmentally-friendly paint on the street of Berlin’s Rosenthaler Platz. The wheels of traffic during rush hour became the brushes for this colorful act of guerrilla art. Imagine happening upon this intersection as you made your way home from another average day at the office. 

One of the most compelling aspects of art is the unknown, the unexpected and the revelation of something new. This inspires me to experiment in the studio today...will share some of the results next time.

2/2/12

A New Beginning

 
This little gem painting along with several other new works will be on display tonight for the first time at the Grover Thurston Gallery. My former gallery, Pacini Lubel, has closed their doors in Seattle and are relocating to California. They will continue to represent my work and present it to a new audience in their new Palm Desert location. 


Susan Grover and Richard Thurston have presented the work of fine artists to Seattle patrons for over 21 years. It is an honor for me to be included among the talented people represented here. Please join me tonight for First Thursday gallery walk and my first showing with the Grover Thurston Gallery. They are located at 319 3rd Avenue South, Seattle, 98104 - across the street from Seattle Lighting.

1/16/12

Change in the Wind


I must share with you the work of artist Daniel Wurtzel. His sculptural wind installations involve the manipulation of light weight objects being blown by controlled air currents. The resulting dance of twirling and billowing materials appears to be sublimely choreographed.




 To fully appreciate the magical qualities of this watch the video below....



I chose to share Wurtzel's work because it directly relates to my most recent paintings that focus on the effects of wind and water currents in the landscape. Below is a work-in-progress from this series.


Wind is such an elegant metaphor for change and some big changes are blown' into my studio right now. I am going to make some exciting news announcements soon so stay tuned! To see more works by Daniel Wurtzel visit his website here...