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. artisttrust.org

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


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


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


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


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   InscapeArts.org


Specimen Series

It’s not often that those big, earth shattering shifts occur in your daily routine. But as any working artist will tell you, it's why we show up everyday. Hunting and hoping for the glimmers of inspiration that will lead us on to that next big idea.  I recently experienced one of those expansive shifts while working on a large encaustic painting in my studio. A shift that has taken my work from 2D to 3D. It seems logical to me now that the influences in my 2D work would eventually make their way into a three-dimensional expression. I call this new work my Specimen Series and each artifact relates to the concept of foraging through my paintings and returning with actual specimens to be studied and examined more closely.  

Here are a few images of this new series: 


Inscape Open Studios

Come celebrate the arts and the arrival of Spring!

Please join me and the artisans of Inscape for our Spring Open Studios Event. This Sunday, March 23rd, from Noon - 6. Free parking in the PFI lot located behind Inscape. 

 I will be debuting my newest works from my Specimen series. See you there!

New Specimen in progress...



A little inspiration from space...
Distance...perspective...and a little digital color enhancement make for some inspiring images from the outer atmosphere. 

By selecting certain features and coloring them from a digital palate, the U.S. Geological Survey has created a series of "Earth as Art" perspectives that demonstrate an artistic resonance in satellite land imagery and provide a special avenue of insight about the geography of each scene.. 

The Landsat series of Earth Observation satellites has become a vital reference worldwide for understanding scientific issues related to land use and natural resources. Beyond the scientific information they supply, some Landsat images are simply striking to look at, presenting spectacular views of mountains, valleys, and islands as well as forests, grasslands, and agricultural patterns.