This painting was inspired by an Art Deco home furnishings fabric I came across. I chose period greys, and muted pink and blues for this piece, with a highlight of golden yellow. 11x14 acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, UV varnish, sides painted, wired and ready to hang. Available for sale at
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Metropolis, by New York artist, Celeste Plowden
at 4:00 PM
Labels: abstract, Art Deco, BLUE, Celeste Plowden abstract expressionism, cityscape, grey, palette knife painting, pink, skyscraper, texture
I learned the art of acrylic and pastel painting through private instruction, after having spent my career as a designer of printed fabrics in the New York market place. I am a graduate of the College of Design, Art and Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, with a major in the History of Art, 1977. Later, I studied printed textile design at Parsons School of Design, in New York. Immediately afterward, I began free lance work for several design studios in the garment district of NYC, where I did re-coloration work for printed apparel fabrics, and sold my own designs through Bread and Butter Designs,also located in New York. In addition, during the 1980's and 1990's, I designed a number of needlecraft and stencil books for Dover Publications. Currently, I am working on a series of exotic birds and other animals done in acrylic paint, with a palette knife, for texture and brilliant color. I consider my paintings to be representational or impressionistic in nature, and I use fantasy colors because what I see often makes me feel these colors,and what would make an interesting composition, rather than using realistic colors.