Ada Pullini Brown
CUNY Queens College, BA
HS of Art & Design, NY
Ada Pullini Brown's work has been exhibited and collected in the United States, South Africa, Mexico, Italy, France, Germany, and Japan. Her work has been seen in the Los Angeles area at venues such as Schomberg Gallery- Bergamot Station, the Riverside Art Museum, Rancho Santiago College and the Sabina Lee Gallery among others.
She began her art education at the High School of Art & Design in New York City; earned a B.A. at Queens College of the City University of New York, and an M.F.A at University of Houston as a Teaching Fellow. She and has been an artist-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, worked at Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop in NYC and in Los Angeles was selected to participate in three Self Help-Graphics print alteliers.
As an undergraduate, Ms. Brown attended the Sarah Lawrence College School of the Arts summer program, in Lacosté, France. It was on this first trip to Europe that her life long passion for travel began. Since 1995 she has been the director of the ArTravel, LLC, a summer abroad art workshop in affiliation with the Brentwood Art Center, bringing artists with her to study painting in Europe.
Ms. Brown lives and works in the Los Angeles area, where she is an Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Rio Hondo College and maintains a studio at the Brewery Artist Colony.
ARTIST STATEMENT: I grew up in New York City in an Italian-American family. My mother was a devout Catholic, my father a closet atheist. At thirteen I realized I would never look like my Barbie doll, so I threw her away and decided to be an artist.
Growing up Catholic and being female in our culture is a defining part of who I am as an artist. Over the years, my art has evolved around the question of how a woman artist can paint the female figure. More simply, how do I approach such a loaded subject?
My interest lies in the myths of religion, politics and culture and its impact on a woman’s ability to live freely. I seek to learn how religion, culture and politics influence her dress, thoughts and life choices. I am exploring a women’s struggle, as well as celebrating her strengths.
In the past, my work explored these subjects with color and design influenced by the Proto- Renaissance and Renaissance painters of Italy, especially Giotto and Piero della Francesca. Of late I have become interested in the challenge of working from perception and the life model.
I am still searching for a way to explore the tensions between the ideal world of the picture plane and the three dimensional physical world, all the while painting the female figure to understand, to reinterpret and to re-present her.