About the Artist
Sister Where Are You, partially opened
“I find the portrayal of human beings fascinating as it directs my observations outward, as well as inward. Ultimately, for me, it is a way to come to understand the self. As in science, the study of representational art begins by developing an understanding of the physical and empirical truths discovered and noted through time and then naturally wanders into the realm of consciousness, subconsciousness, philosophy, and psychology.
Through tenacity, one develops a familiarity with every rule, every theory, and technique that eventually reveal their poetic nature. Control and command become fractal-like, duplicating, patterning, and spiraling into one and other, spontaneously calling forth corresponding and heightened awareness, expression, and imagination.
Depicting the human figure is, for me, a good example of that flow and, therefore, has always been an area of art that compels me. Although I often turn to other engrossing subject matter, I always return to drawing and painting people when I hear the call to pursue our humanity’s nature. Throughout my career as an artist, the various bodies of work I have developed intermittently began or ended with a study of the human figure.”
– ALBY, Alison Barrows-Young