• Danelle

Iridescent Fables Art Show

As most of you may know now I'm all over the Philly urban art scene. I try to go to art galleries as much as possible. Well you can only imagine how excited I was to receive an email from an artist I had met over the summer for an art show. Back in June when I went to the Manayunk Arts Festival is where I met Allegra {an artist} and purchased a beautiful print of Sade. Fast forward I have been attending many art galleries in the last couple of months. But I soon began to wonder why I never saw Allegra and I would think to myself dang she's so dope and people actually buy her stuff why isn't she at any of these shows. When I got invited to her first solo art show I was more than happy to attend.

I'm all about the vibes and ambiance and this art show had it all. First I was in love with the venue a place I had never been or even heard of the MAAS Building. The exposed brick paired with the string lights made for a very intimate venue perfect for the artist at hand. Amazing food, good music and of course wine were the perfect compliments to such beautiful and interesting pieces of art. Because of this detail is what changed my entire art gallery experiences and expectations. The bar was definitely set high but when your passionate about your work it shows in everything you do surrounding it. I couldn't just let this beautiful outing end without getting an exclusive interview with the artist.

You are incredibly talented and sell a great deal of your work. Is this what you do for a living?

“Right now I’m kind of trying to find myself and find what I want to do. So initially this wasn’t my bread and butter but, now I’m thinking I want to make this my career so that’s what I’m aiming for."

How do you come up with the themes for your art work?

“Originally I started to do iconic pop stars. I wanted to move away from that and start doing my own type of art so, my inspiration comes from things that I love. I love mythology so I wanted to do a collection based off mythology from all over, Asia, Africa, Europe. But what has inspired me the most is beautiful women. I love painting beautiful women, I always try to find a way to bring out her beauty even more in my art just enhance her natural beauty.”

What is your creative process like?

I’m only just now starting to do entire collections, before I used to just paint whatever. Now when thinking about a collection I’ll usually find inspiration in the bookstore. Going through magazines fashion, craft magazines anything where I can see different textures or prints sometimes even words inspire me. That’s where I plant the seed and go from there"

How long have you being painting. Is this something you went to school for or just fell into?

“I’ve always liked drawling and I didn’t start painting until I got to high school. I remember the first time I did a portrait and I won 3rd place so, that’s when I saw I’m kind of good. One summer I just painted Marilyn Monroe and everyone loved it from there I would just paint what people would ask of me and now I paint more of what I like"

How long does it usually take to complete one piece?

“Sometimes I can do it quickly, it really depends on the detail so some may take a day and some can take as much as a month. What tends to happen is sometimes I just have to stop and then come back to it because I may see something different or have new inspiration."

I first saw your work at the Manayunk Arts Festival, is this your first gallery?

“This is my first solo show. I’ve done a few collaborative shows but this is my first where it’s just all my work."

Where did you find this location and why did you want to use this?

"I was basically just Googling different places but I wanted to go outside of venues that are typical for art galleries. So when I found this location I wanted to expose people to a place they may have never been and I just fell in love with it.”

What do you want people to take away from your art work?

“The most I want people to see is that I embrace color and I’m not afraid to use bold hues. I like to use color in a way that is interesting and even more interesting without. But the color makes everything more interesting."

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Heres a glimpse of the magic that was Iridescent Fables Art Show

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