In the fall of 2005 I left
the Midwest for Los Angeles. Since then, with the help of my son, a “digital
native,” I’ve been slowly making my way into cyberspace—finding out what it
means to put my work here. ArtSlant
is my latest foray.
I am a contemporary painter
who uses rigorous Old-Master techniques. Since childhood, I have been driven by
an unyielding faith in the mysterious forces that allow me to enter my
subjects. To be present, in other words, to other modes of being. As such, I am
not simply a painter in the “realist” school. I do not only show “things,” but
the intangible inner form expressed in the subject’s tangible physical
I have been selling my work
since my teens—most recently, and notably, an oil landscape to the University
of Southern California’s Fisher Museum of Art, as well as a frankly political
work to a prominent Chicago activist. I’ve published
illustrations in national and local periodicals, and completed a series of
illustrations commissioned by the Field Museum in Chicago. In 2008 I was
awarded a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund in Cambridge, Mass. Also in
2008, I attended a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont.
In 2004, I received a gold medal from Parenting Publications of America for my
July 2003 cover illustration for Chicago Parent. My commissioned portraits, landscapes, and works on paper
are held in numerous private collections in the U.S. and abroad.
If you like what
you see here , I invite you to visit my website, www.madeleineavirov.com, for more. Many thanks for having a look.