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Olive Ayhens

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"Amphibian Emergency" 2009, oil on canvas, 61x82inches
"Parella Strata" 2009, oil on linen, 40x56inches
"Deep Time/Malta" 2009, oil on canvas, 58x44inches
"Tilted City" 2009, ink & watercolor, 13x16inches on paper
"Computer Lab" 2006, oil on linen, 51"X63inches
Artist's Statement

My work is much involved with my love of the paint itself--with layering it, with exploring color relationships, building textures, etc. all this is striving for a sensual visual beauty. I have fun with personification as well as improbabilities of scale.My work is heavily influenced by nature and natural and human made environments. The work is a reflection of my lifes journey and the uniqueness of each environment in which I find myself. I work in conneted series of painting, from extreme interiors to nature/architecture, aesthetics of pollution and on & on.


B.F.A., M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute,Guggenheim,2006, two Pollock-Krasner Grants, 2001,98, Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Individual Support Grant, 96, shows: one person, Frederieke Taylor gallery, NYC 09,07, group  “Next Wave” BAM, 2009,one person show, Suny Geneseo 2008, Mid Manhattan Public Library, one person,07, Watkins Gallery, one person  American Univ.2005, American Academy of Arts and Letters, 2004, Tatintsian Gallery one person,04,03,02 NYC  Residencies: St. James Center, Valletta, Malta 2009, MacDowell, 2007, 1999, Yaddo 2006, Fundacion Valparaiso, 2005, Ucross, 2003, Saltonstall 2003, Salzburg Kunstlerhaus, 2003, Blue Mountain 2002,  VCCA 2006, 2001, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council-studio space,1999, Marie Walsh Sharpe Space program 1996.