Premonitions ||| Alan Grizzell ||| April 12th – May 4th
Alan Grizzell is a painter originally from Cincinnati Oh, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2006. After graduating he found himself drawn to the neglected areas of the city, finding inspiration in places the may otherwise be ignored. In late 2011 he made a cross country trip to California; along the way he continued to find himself inspired by these forgotten places. A ghost town outside of Death Valley, abandoned convenience stores in the middle of nowhere and warehouses in neglected corners of cities are some of places explored in his past works. In early 2012 he completed an artist residency at LoBot Gallery. Since then he has continued to live and work in Oakland and now calls the Bay Area his home.
Currently he works out of Faultline Artspace in East Oakland and has exhibited locally at The Rare Bird, The 25th Street Collective, Awaken Cafe and The Compound Gallery.
Grizzell’s paintings are executed in oil on wood panel with an emphasis on capturing atmosphere and dramatic lighting using a rich palette and bold brush work. His paintings are framed using salvaged material found in the same urban environment he draws inspiration from. Currently his work explores Oakland in the late night hours seeking a quite beauty when most have gone to sleep. Signs of contemporary humanity are stripped from the majority of his paintings giving emphasis to the effect of light on the environment. Each painting strives to portray an elegance in decay and stands as a testament to the passage of time in our rapidly changing landscape. www.alangrizzell.com