Adrienne Allebe was born in Inglewood, CA; she lives and works in Los Osos, CA. Allebe received her MFA in 2004 from California State University, Long Beach, and her BA in 2001 fomr University of California, Santa Barbara.
I spent the majority of my formative years on the central coast. The mesmerizing coastal topography against the backdrop of encroaching development has been my most constant source of inspiration. Such varied landscapes have served as the basis for phantasmagorical painted and drawn worlds. In my most recent body of work, I juxtaposes imagery from reality (the natural and constructed landscape) with imagery from my imagination.
I received a BA in Painting from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MFA in Illustration from California State University, Long Beach. After living in Long Beach for four years during my graduate studies, I moved back to the central coast where I currently work as an artist and teach drawing, design, color, painting and art appreciation classes at Cuesta College, Allan Hancock College and Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.
My most recent body of work is a visual manifestation of my response to events happening in the environment. I am interested in exploring areas in which human interference has created especially complex, and oftentimes disturbing, transformations upon the land, sea, sky and their creatures. I attempt to convey this phenomenon by juxtaposing “man-made” and “natural” elements within visually disorienting spaces. Through establishing connections between seemingly unrelated forms in space, my work realizes a cataclysmic vision where forms are turned inside out and upside down, so that the viewer must look carefully in order to discern the subject.
To this end, the imagery is derived from photographic sources depicting rarely seen organisms, environments and phenomenon from the aerial, aquatic and terrestrial realms. These natural forms are abstracted and merged with man-made forms, structures and inventions. Endangered and threatened animals and environments are drawn and painted so that they appear to transform, disappear and reappear in order to reinforce the tenuous condition of their existence. Forms appear to float in and out of focus, sometimes peacefully, sometimes violently, evoking the uneasy merging of human industry and technology with natural ecosystems.
||Creative Research Triennial , University Art Gallery, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
Small Images 2009 , Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara, CA
Echo of the Whole , Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Chromageddon , Firefly Gallery, Paso Robles, CA
*Adrienne Allebe: New Work , Mistlin Gallery, Modesto, CA
||Open National Exhibition , Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA
Bay Area Annual Juried Exhibition , Sanchez Art Center, Pacifica, CA
Holonic Art Movement Exhibition , Corkstop Studios, Arroyo Grande, CA
Faculty Exhibition , Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Annual Juried All Media Exhibition , Palos Verdes Art Center, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Los Angeles Juried Exhibtion, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Made in California, City of Brea Art Gallery, Brea, CA
||*Candy-Coated Cataclysm, Linnaea’s Café, San Luis Obispo, CA
Elemental Tangents, Cal Poly University Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Evidence and Desire: Cuesta College Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Cuesta College Art Gallery, SLO, CA
||Open Studios Exhibition, Steynberg Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
“LBC”, Greenleaf Gallery, Whittier College, Whittier, CA
The Drawing Room, San Luis Obispo Art Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
||*Limbo, Miyamo, Long Beach, CA
||Talking in Circles, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
*Terminals (MFA Thesis Exhibition), Gallery 5, California State University, Long Beach, CA
|“Leopard-Spotted Landscapes”, New Times, Volume 23, Issue 50, July, 2009
“Scope for the Imagination: Adrienne Allebe Brings a Blast of Color to Linnaea’s”, New Times, August, 2007
“A Dance of Time and Space: Artist Adrienne Allebe Prompts Curiosity About the Nature of Reality in Her Phantasmogoric Paintings”, The Tribune, San Luis Obispo, July 29th, 2007, 1
|William Dole Memorial Award, Art Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2001
Artsbridge Scholarship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000-2001