“Realist” imagery inevitably evokes associations.
I have always been attracted to the house in that it reflects individual identity, suggests shelter, holds memories, and inspires reverie. One appealing visual aspect of any building lies in the sculptural qualities of structure. I like to oppose these forms with the disorder of the natural world.
Water, another subject I explore and depict, expresses both hope and loss. A curtain added to the image lifts this theme beyond landscape as it implies a human presence, perhaps the house, with its intimate connections. Formally, a curtain also provides an active dynamic to the composition.
In all of my work, the rhythmic placement of horizontal and vertical elements creates a counterpoint to the complexity and uncertainty of nature.
Alice Dalton Brown earned her B.A. degree from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio. She has had thirty solo exhibitions of her work in New York City, nationally, and internationally. Her work appears in numerous public collections including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Springfield Art Museum, Springfield, Missouri, which offered the artist’s first retrospective in 1999, and the Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, New York, which organized a survey of the artist’s work in 2013. In 2018 The Butler Institute of American Art presented a solo exhibition of her paintings. She is represented by Eckert Gallery, Kent, CT.
September 22 - November 24, 2019
The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502