The brilliant colors of the tulip fields contrasted with the bent forms of field workers and the dark mountains beset by gray skies are the signature paintings of Anacortes artist Alfred Currier. ‘Impasto’, the application of thick layers of color by brush and knife, is a painstaking technique designed to reflect the rich, multi-layered shades of the natural light on Skagit springtime fields.
His painting Hansa Tulips was chosen the official 1998 Skagit Tulip Festival poster.
Of the braceros Currier says: “We appreciate the migrant workers not only for the role they serve in agribusiness but also for the warmth and cultural insights they share with our communities.”
Since 1991, Currier paintings have been added to institutional and private collections where the size of the canvases and their high intensity colors command public attention and private satisfaction. Visit his website for more information: www.alfredcurrier.com/
In support of the 10th annual Skagit Human Rights Festival held each March in Mount Vernon and especially in appreciation of local field workers, Alfred Currier is displaying a number of his paintings in Burlington and throughout downtown Mount Vernon.
Businesses which will be displaying Alfred Currier’s works for the month of March 2013 include:
1—Burlington Public Library
Downtown MOUNT VERNON:
2—The Lincoln Theatre
3—Embellish Women’s Clothing in its new address across from the Food Coop
4—River and Main Gifts
5—Wild Fibers Yarn
7—Custom Interior Design
Alfred Currier paints vibrant landscapes in oil impasto from the studio he maintains in Anacortes. Plein air painting provides most of his inspiration. He often uses the migrant workers in the tulip fields of the Skagit Valley as part of his motif. Currier has traveled widely, painting on location in Greece, France, Italy, Holland, Argentina, Mexico, Hawaii, Montana, California, Oregon, Washington State, Santa Fe, Taos, and most recently Glacier National Park.
”For me, art has been an obsession as well as a passion. Passion would be for the love of it. Obsession means you have no choice.
My work takes on two different faces, plein air and impasto. The plein air aspect keeps my technical painting skills freshly honed giving me the tools in my tool box. Impasto studio painting, on the other hand, is my more creative side as it allows me to explore texture and color from imagination. My impasto oils have afforded me my own voice in this world of art.
Plein air is controlled by the subject in front of me while my impasto is controlled by the muse with-in.”
Alfred Currier spent his formative years in southern Ohio. He taught figure painting at the Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, Chicago, the Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS, and conducted several plein air painting workshops throughout the United States and Europe.
The University of Washington Press, in association with Marquand Books, published Alfred Currier: Impasto, a book written by Ted Lindberg, former Curator for the Vancouver Art Museum. Currier was the cover artist for American Artist Magazine as well as the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles over the years.
Alfred Currier, paints vibrant landscapes in oil impasto from the studio he maintains in Anacortes. Plein air painting provides most of his inspiration.
Currier received his formal education at Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio and the American Academy of Art in Chicago, where he earned his degree in Fine Art. His works can be found in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. He maintains his studio and residence in Anacortes, Washington with his partner, artist, Anne Schreivogl.
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