ALBY – Alison Barrows-Young

"The natural qualities that animate my remote home, in the Pacific Northwest, fill my life and my imagery. I have been profoundly taken by its wild beauty; alive with idyllic disposition and dramatic personae that invoke an animist sensibility, and compel a strong sense of belonging to the earth."

Anthem - Digital painting printed on aluminum 20 x 40 in.

Alison Barrows-Young was born August 27, 1958, in New York City and spent her childhood in Ontario, Canada (1968 - 82). She earned her BFA (1980) at Antioch College and went on to complete an MFA (1984) at Florida State University. Barrows-Young holds an M.Ed. (2010) from Concordia University and did adjunct professorships between 1984 and 2008.

“I have come to believe that I require art. For me, art is a compelling way of life. It promotes essential self-expression as well as inter-relational and inter-cultural connections. For me, it is the most powerful way to articulate my quandaries as well as my discoveries, passions and dreams.

Through the years, my artistic voice has gathered into an alliance with my preference to live in the wilderness, to preserve nature and to advocate for the earth. I am devoted to self-awareness, living peacefully within our biosphere and nurturing youthful persistence. I hold the path as a mother, grandmother and mentor for those who are borne to me through my body, my wanderings and upon the wind."

Night's Life - Oils on canvas 20 x 40 in.
Enigmatic Wilderness - Oils on canvas 36 x 72 in.
Wind and Lightning - Oils and ground pigments on canvas 24 x 48 in.
The Dying Light - Oils and ground pigments on canvas 20 x 60 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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