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Alice Asmar
Rainbow Dancer, Native American Indian Lithograph California Woman Artist

1980

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American contemporary artist of Lebanese and Greek descent, Alice Asmar's art is often inspired by her love of nature, combined with a deep respect for native American culture, her work evolved into Southwestern themes of Indian Ceremonial Dance-Dramas, Indian portraits and landscapes.In 1991, Alice Asmar was chosen for prestigious Honorary Membership in the National League of American Pen Women. Only three such honors are given each year. This recognition reaches back to her childhood, Alice Asmar was considered a child prodigy, winning awards and recognition for her artwork before the age of 10. Her education from 1946 through 1959 included a BA magna cum laude, from Lewis and Clark College, Portland; an MFA from the University of Washington, Seattle; and a one-year fellowship to study at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France. Born in Flint, Michigan of Lebanese and Greek descent. Her parents moved to Portland, Oregon when she was just a baby. The artwork of her early years was inspired by the splendors of nature, from the inscrutable pines and ancient sculptured rocks along the Oregon Coast to the mysterious ocean mists. She Graduated magna cum laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland and Obtained her Master's of Fine Arts Degree at The University of Washington in Seattle. Soon after graduating she accepted a job as an engineering drafter at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. Her Assignment was clearing top secret drawing for air-to-ground missile. Alice worked for Boeing for less than a year. They offered her an engineering scholarship but she decided to go back to the art she loved doing from she was a child. After studying and traveling throughout the Near East, France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia, Turkey, The Greek Islands, Greece and Lebanon, Asmar set up studios in California, New Mexico and Oregon. A master of many media, Asmar is distinguished for her many techniques which include paintings in Oil, casein and Acrylic, drawing in ink, pencil and pastel, collage, tapestry, books,American contemporary artist of Lebanese and Greek descent, Alice Asmar's art is often inspired by her love of nature, combined with a deep respect for native American culture, her work evolved into Southwestern themes of Indian Ceremonial Dance-Dramas, Indian portraits and landscapes. Prints including lithography, etching, Engraving on metal on plexiglas, portraits, murals and banners. Her hand engraving of innovative designs for dinner and household wares for Nambe Mills in Santa Fe is recognized internationally. Alice Asmar's works are in several hundred public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Smithsonian Institution, Franklin Mint, Portland Art Museum, Gene Autry Hotel in Palm Springs, Security Pacific International Bank of New York, The Public Art Museum of Gabrova, Bulgaria, kaiser-Permanente, and the Dr. Nicholas Townell collection in Angus, Scotland. Studied with Edward Melcarth & Archipenko, University of Washington, MFA. Work: National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institute, Washington. Los Angeles City-Scape at sunset (Mural), Commissioned by Dr. Walter jayasinghe, 66; Painting of doves, Bangs Manufacturing Co, Burbank Exhibitions: Seattle Art Museum. Museum of Science & Industry, Los Angeles. Circle Gallery Ltd, Houston, Abbot Hall Gallery, William Temple House, Portland Oregon. Nambe Mills, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sr Eye Art Gallery, Long Beach. Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, California.Sun Cities Art Museum, Arizona. Audubon Art Exhibit, Portland Oregon.Walt Disney Art Auction Burbank California. Eventually, Asmar set out on her world travels, encountering exotic cultures and their imagery. Combining her inspiration from nature with a deep respect for native American culture, her work has evolved into Southwestern themes of Indian Ceremonial Dance Dramas, Indian portraits, and landscapes. A master of many media, Alice is distinguished for her many techniques, which include paintings in oil, casein, and acrylic, drawing in ink, pencil and pastel, collage, tapestry, books, lithography, etching, engraving on metal on plexiglas, portraits, murals, and banners. Her hand engraving of innovative designs for dinner and household wares for Nambe Mills in Santa Fe is recognized internationally. Today, Asmar still creates masterpieces in her Burbank, CA studio. Artistic periods 1980-2000 : Metaphysical themes 1970-1979 : Electrical engravings, paintings of Indian Dancers 1960-1969 : Muralesque drawings, india inks on haruki, Indian Dancer of New Mexico 1950-1959 : Dark oils of Moonlight and Night-Sky series
  • Creator:
    Alice Asmar (1929, American)
  • Creation Year:
    1980
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 30 in (76.2 cm)Width: 22 in (55.88 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
    minor wear, see photos, one small blemish far from image in margin where it will easily mat out.
  • Gallery Location:
    Surfside, FL
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU38213369372
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