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Ariel McClearin
'Campfire Stories' original signed acrylic painting pink blue red green yellow

2020

$985

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Part of the artist’s ‘The Chaos of My Mind’ series, Ariel McClearin’s ‘Campfire Stories’ is an original signed acrylic painting on canvas board. Combining the richly-saturated hues of Pop Art with the organic movement of Abstract Expressionism, the painting weaves a cyclical narrative of seasonal change—from the gentle snow flurries of late winter, to the interplay of light and moisture in the formation of a rainbow during spring and summer, and finally the warmth of the billowing campfire in the center of the painting, evocative of the approaching autumn. Surrounding the campfire are a number of embellished alphabetical characters—a vaporous ‘v,’ an elongated capital ‘e’ and ‘b,’ an asterisk in bloom—possibly hinting at the language used to convey the stories alluded to in the title. Acrylic painting on canvas board 20 x 16 inches Signed and dated in ink on reverse Framed in a modern profile silver-finish float moulding ARTIST STATEMENT: I was born in Rock Falls, Illinois where I lived until I was fourteen. I began living in Germany in high school and, during that time, was able to travel across Europe: Italy, France, England, Belgium, The Netherlands, Mallorca, and Switzerland. I am at my heart a performance artist and spent my adolescence participating in musicals ranging from “Into the Woods” to “Guys and Dolls.” Since leaving the performing arts after high school to pursue my business degree, I have been exploring with fashion design and have aspirations to start my own fashion line. Designers like Kate Spade and Minju Kim have inspired both my fashion – and my paintings – with their unique sense of patterns and color composition. I maintain a love of dance and spend time at the ballet watching shows such as “Swan Lake” and “Giselle.” I started painting as a creative outlet during quarantine this year. I wanted to capture a range of emotions that I was unable to express in other creative outlets. I like abstraction and pattern for its ability to reflect emotion as well as for how it allows for open-ended interpretations. I draw inspiration from artists like Kindah Khalidy who uses bold colors and shapes in her work, as well as the Abstract Expressionist Adolph Gottlieb and his use of glyphs and symbols to suggest meaning. I would love to merge my painting practice and love of fashion by exploring textile printing and using the same loud colors to draw in my audience. Up until this point I have only created and shown my art to close friends but am excited to branch out to a wider audience.

Details

  • Artist
    Ariel McClearin (American)
  • Creation Year
    2020
  • Dimensions
    Height: 20 in. (50.8 cm)Width: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
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  • Framing
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Milwaukee, WI
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 12589c1stDibs: LU60536591792

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