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 structure.
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.