Painter/ Sculptor, Graphic Designer,
6440 Northanna Dr.
Springfield, Va. 22150
School of Fine Arts, Addis Abeba, Ethiopia 1969
Howard University School of Fine Arts, Washington, DC. 1974
Additional Role:- Sculptor / Graphic Designer / Interior Decorator
phone...703-971-0259 Stuido or 703-589-7111 Ce
Al... Lives and has studio and private Art Gallery in Springfield Va
AL's preference is painting, on canvas,or paper,almost on anything available involving the use of Acrylics,Water color often accentuated with mix media. He use a variety of processes and tools to constructing, deconstructing and then constructing to achive the final piece. He believes that all colors go together and also have a healing effect. All his paintings are personal and have a story behind them and are expressed in response to his everyday interaction within the universe. He has always had a great love for art; He has always been fascinated by the colors, patterns and designs of -Ethiopian traditional weaving of “Tebebe” and began working and experimenting with it 35 years ago.!!
The actual construction of his work is a composition of embroideries including painting Quilting and print making process blending the old and the new. These works give him a sense of identity, and Alemayehou is the first Ethiopian Artist to transform Embroderies “ Tebebe” into Contemporary Modern Art. Actually he has developed his own free style techniques.He continued to expand his own innovative interpretations of Ethiopian embroderies into compositions of colors and forms as a core element in his paintings. and Alemayehou said the medium " Tebebe " Embroidery, became a central instrument to his work and he became fasinated with the work of " Shemanye " wievers and the " Tebebe "has similar effects as the brush strokes in his paintings.
The images speak for themselves in a visual language to the viewers, his sensual use of form and color- testifies to the visual power. He also feel a sense of accomplishment for the feeling these paintings bring in their presence. The results are not pictures of things but things themselves, Names and titles may be clues to the iconography of the images, the patterns he use are basic Ethiopian symbols like the so many deferent crosses, Axum tower, Lalibela, Gonder castle, and etc. He trys to blend the beauty of Africans traditions with contemporary style to express universal themes.
He has spent his entire career working to perfect his talent as a multi- medium Artist. But as he began to explore other mediums, He discovered that each has its own unique charcteristics, and his work has its own distinctive character. In a way that no other medium could.
He has also been influenced by a variety of source from African woodcarvings and textiles. American Music has been another major influence in his works especially jazz. He is not shy of colors and so his paintings will always celebrate them, and he is always inspired by colors that convey different moods. He thinks art are something you express thru your work it is not something you talk about. He only ask that viewers try to identify with the colors and shapes to get a sense of harmony.
He believes Art is a medium best suited as a form of expression represented by one’s work and his interest in traditional African clothes has been integrated in various ways into his paintings to create visual experimentation that also incorporates sounds, textures and rhythms of jazz, For him the challenge is to capture the sound of Music.
He's motivated by colors and his process involves a lot of experimentation by using embroideries-Brushes and various types of tools. He began weaving paintings 40 years ago and he is constantly finding new and exciting variations / definitions of what embrodery is, and what could be done with it. Contrasting in colors, pattern, and texture, these two media explore a craft process that allows him for endless compositional color of images. He enjoy his playful approach to pattern and color exploration and his work is a combination of two media; paint and textile. He use the traditional technique of hand- weaving ideas to create painting and after many years of research he developed a new unique technique incorporated within his work, which resulted abstract forms to depict in a new style of painting that you have never seen before.
He likes the use of bold color to express emotion and compositional strength in his paintings. He is an ambitious and creative Artist, constantly looking for new tools and mediums, and constantly exploring new horizons. His works is geometrical and inviting to viewers because of his vibrant colors. His work express movement with forms and colors to extend meanings beyond that.
His distinctive contemporary style has evolved over a fine arts carrier spanning for over 45 years. He had worked in multiple media, believing that each has its own unique capacity to give visual language to his work. Later he start to make a careful or detailed search for information about his past deeply into his spiritual self searching for his own voice. If you are seeking a connection the connection can be intellectual, emotional or spiritual.
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