Six years ago, a change started to happen in my work in the style and subject matter in getting away from figurative representation. Maybe you have been following along, and have seen pieces of that work exhibited here and there at galleries as well as posted online. The response to them has been pretty fantastic and I’ve sold a number of them without much fanfare. I had my first solo show of this new work and the response was pretty overwhelming. An artist friend wrote to me — and many have alluded to this — that this is will probably become my true work.
Don’t get me wrong, I love portraiture and I will always find ways to incorporate it and take on commissions. I’ve been drawing people for way too long to stop in a blink.
As a little send off to a year that can’t end soon enough, I thought I’d run a giveaway here for a framed print and a few unframed mini prints of some portraits. And stickers!
One winner will receive “Lydia” which is a framed open edition print. “Pink Waves” is an unframed limited mini print; another winner will get 3 of these to either hoard or perhaps gift to someone. Runner-up will get a set of round stickers featuring my art. Both the original paintings have homes, but you can enter to receive all these puppies two ways:
- Follow me over at www.instagram.com/arabellaproffer then, share your favorite painting of mine and use #ArabellaArt.
- You can also enter by commenting below. You can increase your chances by doing both.
Ends on Wednesday the 28th. Winners chosen using a randomizer.
Have at it and good luck!
Hey! My show is almost here! I’ve been working my tail off on it despite everything medical that has happened this summer. I’ve also ordered some fancy truffles for the opening reception with designs that look like the paintings — so it’s serious now. This is my first show of my new work and if you live in NE Ohio I hope to see you there….
Join us for the opening reception at the HEDGE gallery satellite space Suite 215 during Third Fridays at 78th Street Studios.
Friday, November 18th from 5 to 9pm
This series brings together painter Arabella Proffer’s interests in botany, microbiology, monsters, space, disease, and the evolution of cells. Within those interests, she explores the particular roles that organisms, medicine, DNA, and hybrids play, all while creating from her imagination and instinct. Shaping aesthetic outcomes of these paintings doesn’t come from research or re-creating what already exists; she creates her own nature within these little worlds. If cells and viruses can look beautiful when magnified, what about organisms on other planets? Is there something bigger we are a part of? What will these cells look like 10 days later – what about 10 million years later? Proffer visualizes every stage of evolution from our planet and ones yet to be explored.
This exhibition is made possible by the support of the Ohio Arts Council.
Proffer’s surreal organic environments start from a place of abstraction and evolve into surroundings filled with strange hybrids of flowers and organisms. In 2010 the artist was diagnosed with a rare cancer which was crawling through her body at an alarming rate. Ironically when her oncologist showed the scans of the tumor and aggressive virus, they looked almost identical to Proffer’s most recent paintings, tentacles and all! This fascination with the macro universe and micro universe has continued through Arabella Proffer’s work — and more recently in a circumstance of life imitating art — she has battled re-occurring illness, continuing to paint what seem like familiar creatures and symbols during her recovery.
After more than a decade of being known as a figurative painter, this is the first time her new direction has come together as a solo exhibition.
The show will be up until December 23rd.