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Alicia Degener

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2 bridges, January2013 Pastel On Paper 27 1/2" X 39" © alicia degener
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Man on Manhattan Bridge, 2/8/13 Pastel On Paper 27 1/2 X 39" © alicia degener
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Arch, January 2013 Pastel On Paper 271/2 X 39" © alicia degener
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Ice, November 2012 Pastel On Paper 27 1/2 X 39" © alicia degener
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barbed fence, March 26th,2012 Pastel On Paper 27" X 39" © alicia degener
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Roof dogs-Sunset Park, 1/15/12 Pastel On Paper 27 1/2 X 39" © Alicia Degener
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Kentile, 04/29/11 Pastel 27" X 39"
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August in Detroit, 09/14/11 Pastel On Paper 27" X 39" © Alicia Degener
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Bowling Alley-Woodward Avenue, 8/19/11 Pastel On Paper 27" X 39"
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Soul Saving Holy Church-Detroit, 8/23/11 Pastel On Paper 27" X 39"
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Law Center-Detroit, 10/4/11 Pastel On Paper 27" X 39" © Alicia Degener
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winter trees, 04/01/11 Pastel 271/2" X 391/4" © Alicia Degener
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The Wonder Wheel, 6/26/2011 Pastel On Paper 27" X 39" © Alicia Degener
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Wonder Wheel 2012, 09/12 Pastel On Paper 27" X 28"
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Bay Parkway, 1/2018 Acrylic 16" X 40"
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Saint Pats, 1/2018 Pencil 14" X 17"
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Pizza wagon, 1/2018 Watercolor 12 X 16"
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Bay Ridge Bakery, 2/2018 Watercolor 12" X 16"
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Vegas Diner, 7/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Beatrix house, 8/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Garfield place, 9/2017 Acrylic 22" X 28"
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Lafayette Coney Island, 9/2017 Watercolor 22" X 30"
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Equal Justice, 10/2017 Watercolor And Pencil On Paper 22" X 30"
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Greenwood Sphires, 3/2017 Watercolor & Pastel On Paper 22" X 28"
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Bay Ridge Parkway, 11/2016 Acrylic On Board 26" X 34"
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Coffee shop, 6/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Engine 242, 12/2016 Acrylic On Masonite 24" X 24"
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Ruby's, 4/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Cozy, 3/2017 Watercolor 12" X 15"
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Greenwood, 2/2017 Watercolor & Pencil 22" X 30"
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View from new school library, 1/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Madonna, 5/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Detroit Public library, 8/2017 Watercolor & Pencil On Paper 22" X 30"
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Kentile, 9/2017 Watercolor 12" X 18"
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Winter Bridge, 1/2017 Acrylic On Board 24" X 24"
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Detroit, Michigan
Birth year
1963
Lives in
Brooklyn, NY
Works in
Pastel,paint, mixed media
Schools
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Parsons School of Design
University of Michigan School of Art & Design
Statement

I am a Brooklyn based artist working primarily in pastel portraying the urban landscape of New York as well as my hometown Detroit, Michigan. I have embarked upon an exploration of the inner city by showing the barriers set before us in our everyday lives, often with a sense of ironic humor. In my work "Precinct", a defunct police precinct no longer protecting the neighborhood but surrounded by chain link and barbed wire to safeguard it from the neighborhood. "The Soul Saving Holy Church" portrays a church set forth to save the soul but stands as the lone building on a Detroit city block with bars on its windows. In my cityscapes, the natural world of trees shields the viewer and offers protection. The viewer becomes a bit voyeuristic, peering from beneath the veil of tree foliage, to spy upon a home made spooky by an inflatable Jack-O-Lantern in Halloween". Trees again give just enough protection from menacing dogs warning not to tread too closely, as they guard their lot in "Roof Dogs". Nature is also shown overpowering its cement enemy as grass repeatedly breaks through the streets and city blocks, returning to open fields in my Detroit pieces. Text often appears in my work to further support the juxtaposition of disparate notions. A factory that makes windows; our eye to the world, is ensconced in treacherous razor wire. The "O" in "Bowling Alley" is a bowling ball with a howling face before its inevitable collision. Recurring patterns, often of erector set simplicity, are depicted throughout my work; notable in my Coney Island series. Pastel is my favored medium allowing exploration of vibrant,bold colors almost unctuous in their intensity.