Meet our Artist Member Gary Grissom

For the month of July, DVAA is hosting a members' exhibition to showcase all of the talented artists who comprise our membership. Here on the blog we'd like to feature some of these participating artists so you can learn more about their creative vision and their work!

Gary Grissom
A statement from the artist:

"Onion In a Glass, Shell" - Gary Grissom

"Onion In a Glass, Shell" - Gary Grissom

"I started as a painter making large grid paintings of subtle color variations. In the 70’s I was a founding member of Bricolage, a performing art collective who’s members were mostly Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) faculty and alumni. After Bricolage I wrote, directed and designed media for performance at the Wilma Project, Collaboratory Theater and for numerous Philadelphia dance companies. During the early 80’s I started making hand-colored silver photographic prints that lead to other types of photograph making. My recent photographic interest is a series of photographs recorded through urban glass shot at an angle. The images are a result of the reflection, refraction and diffraction of light. The bending of light combines views of interior spaces with a reversed mirrored repositioned external environment. I’m also experimenting with printing images on hand-made paper using an inkAid substrate product. My current painting is of representative imagery."

To see more from Gary, please visit:
Art activities: http://www.garygrissom.net
A smorgasbord of visual offerings: http://ggrissom.tumblr.com
A collection of photos, paintings and drawings: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gary_grissom/

 

Barbara Sosson
A statement from the artist:

"This series is about marks in opposing forces creating spatial contradictions. I have been painting for over fifty years and was originally schooled as an academic painter who from time to time moves away from the use of imagery. As much as I like representational painting, non-objective work gives me a deeper feeling of satisfaction and a broader range of self expression. This series, unlike some of my past abstract paintings, is not about landscape or environmental imagery but rather is about marks on various planes, textures, and finishes. The oil paintings usually begin with a painterly mass into which marks are created and over painted. The results are a pairing of thick verses thin, hard verses soft, geometric verses organic masses. 

My 2016 work began with a new series about color modes. A theme I am familiar with since I have supported my long career with a design business specializing in fine art reproduction and now web for the arts. Although there are a number of obvious contemporary influences in these non-objective paintings one of my earlier favorites is Richard Diebenkorn. 

The play of opposites is especially evident here with the hard vs soft use of paint and shapes. Here my academic training incorporates my love of drawing with the use of linear carbon edges around the color masses and an added multi-dimensional effect by a subtle use of shadows."

"RGB, Color Mode Series #1" - Barbara Sosson

"RGB, Color Mode Series #1" - Barbara Sosson

To see more from Barbara please visit her website: artsoss.com

 

Ebony Malaika Collier
About the artist:

"Untitled" - Ebony Collier

"Untitled" - Ebony Collier

"Ebony Malaika Collier is mainly an abstract artist who has shown her work at PAFA, The Philadelphia Sketch Club, The Plastic Club, The Manayunk Roxborough Art Center, Fleisher Art Memorial, and many other places including DaVinci Art Alliance."

 

To see more from Ebony please visit:
http://ebonymcollier.wix.com/emcvisualart
Or check her out on Facebook and
Instagram: @emcvisualart

 

 

 

Edna Santiago
From the artist:

"We must sit and share what excites us, otherwise life would be a bore. Self taught, emerging Artist painter and artisan motivated by color, strength and expression."

"Port Andin" - Edna Santiago

"Port Andin" - Edna Santiago

Find Edna on social media:
Twitter: @EdnaSantiagoCom
Instagram: @GaleriaBohemiaPR
Facebook: EdnaSantiagoArtist
LinkedIn: Edna Santiago

 

Susan Richards
A statement from the artist:

"Art and art making have always been central to my life. Since returning to the Philadelphia area in September 2010, I have been a full time artist with studio space that allows for greater concentration and continuity. Previously I lived in the San Diego area for over thirty years, where I was a psychotherapist in private practice with a special interest in dreams, the relationship of creativity and the unconscious, and the resolution of creative blocks. Prior to that I was an Art History major at Columbia University. Life in New York City was my best art education."

"These two pieces reflect a new direction in my mixed media, incorporating clay for the first time."

"Packs Easily" - Susan Richards

"Packs Easily" - Susan Richards

To see more of Susan's work please visit her websites: http://www.susanrichardsartist.com/
http://susanrichardsartist.blogspot.com/