36" x 36"
Oil on Canvas
Asheville’s Alicia Armstrong paints memories, longings, dreams, inconsistencies. A single work often incorporates the questions posed by contrasts – both literal and conceptual – and captures the inescapable and dichotomous realities of life: joy and suffering, closeness and distance. At the same time she offers viewers relief via temporary respite rather than finite solutions.
Alicia Armstrong’s parents, both artists in their own rights, fostered her artistic nature and art was an important part of her childhood world. She holds a BFA with a concentration in Oil Painting from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and stood out early on as the winner of the Fine Art department‘s academic leadership award. After a decade working in traditional painting and photographic portraiture, she began to concentrate on producing more abstract works, pieces imbued with symbolic imagery.
Armstrong’s canvases pose questions, yet inject comfort into discomfort; they encompass the archetypal play between light and dark. Her work often encourages the viewer to formulate their own answers, rather than attempt “correct” interpretation. This openness is a hallmark of the artist and her work; she not only presents images and ideas, but intimates unspoken possibilities.
2016 Half a World Away, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC
2016 Trois Femmes, Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples Fl
2015 Story tellers, Gardner Colby Gallery, Naples, Fl
2014 The figure in oil, wax, and clay, Eno Gallery, Hillsborough, NC
2013 A girl and a gun, Asheville Arts Council, Asheville, NC
2013 Small game, The Haen Gallery, Brevard, NC
2013 Here, After. Upstairs Art Gallery, Tryon, NC
2012 Waking up with Van Gogh, Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
2012 Winter Show, Greenhill Center for the Arts, Greensboro, NC
2011 High Strung, Atelier Gallery, Charleston, SC
2009 Art in Architecture, Merrimon Galleries, Asheville, NC
2016 American Art Collector ‘trois femmes’
2015 American Art Collector ‘story tellers’
2014 The Herald Sun ‘the figure in oil, wax, and clay’
2013 Carolina Home and Garden ‘ matters of the heart’
2012 Verve magazine ‘resistance of vision’
2012 Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles