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 Alison Van Pelt  (1963 - )

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Lived/Active: California/New York      Known for: portraits-large scale famous women

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Sitting Bull, 2003
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Alison Van Pelt, living in New York, was born in Hollywood, California in 1963.  Her family relocated to Hong Kong in 1964 and returned to Los Angeles in 1968.  Raised in the liberal climate of the 1960s and 1970s, Van Pelt had an upbringing centered around the arts, education and the study of yoga and eastern philosophy. Van Pelt taught yoga from 1979-1999 and received formal training in painting, drawing and sculpture from the University of California at Los Angeles; Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and the Florence Academy of Art, Italy.

Van Pelt's work is included in the collections of several museums, such as the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California; Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California, and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles.

Her work is displayed in corporations ranging from Bank of America, San Francisco to NBC Studios in New York City. Her art is exhibited in numerous private collections, including the Estate of Diana, Princess of Wales; President Bill Clinton and Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; singer Sting and his wife Trudie Styler; and the Estate of Frank Zappa.


Biography from Auctionata:
Born in Hollywood in 1963, Alison van Pelt grew up in the liberal climate of the 1960s and 1970s in Los Angeles.  Van Pelt studied at UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Arts and Design, Parsons and the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy.  Influenced greatly by her upbringing, she is known for her characteristic photorealist painting style.  The themes of her work vary from celebrities to spiritual leaders and from Native Americans to Heads of States among others. 

By drawing on photographs of these figures she first creates a classical portrait entirely by drawing and painting. Subsequently the work is altered by blurring and rebuilding the paint.  The outcome is a beautiful, mystical depiction of the subject which is not idealized but humanized. 

Alison van Pelt’s works have been exhibited throughout the entire world and are part of a number of important collections, such as the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Jumex Foundation in Mexico City, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem among others.

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