Artist Statement

                                  Artist Alemayehou Gabremedhin ​

                                   My Art is traditional abstract Art!

    My ultimate goal in life is to continue to infuse my personal and professional interactions with the healing power of art. I believe art is a state of mind. There are no limits to my art and that is why I seek to incorporate into all aspects of my life by utilizing mixed media art; my main medium is collage as well as working with watercolors, acrylic, pencils, pastels and sometimes photos.     

​        My creative process allows me to release stress, and enjoy myself through my art and I have learned to transfer ideas and visions to the canvas with a focus on preserving our spiritual, cultural, and historical heritages in a dignified manner. I am trying to express jazz in the work of visual art and in combination with modern images and abstract traditional motifs.

                      When a painting I am working on is going well, I can get so involved in the process that it transports me to another level, almost to another dimension! I have always loved painting and it is the only way that I have been to express myself freely Incorporating the use of rich colors has developed into a pattern throughout my work as well as experimenting with areas of texture that contrast flatness.                         

                         My inspiration comes from the myths and legends of different Ethiopian cultures,  as well as traditional textile designs.  I became fascinated with the work of weavers "Shemanye "the medium Embroidery "Tibeb " became a central instrument in my work and the  Embroideries have similar effects as the brush strokes in my paintings. I was raised in a culture that focused on the community and my work is reflective of these traditions, values, and beliefs. What I have been visualizing in my paintings are Ideas of childhood memories and reactions to events in my life. My paintings are an extension of my feelings, emotions, and experiences as expressed in my work with a brushstroke. I don't feel the need to capture everything exactly as it exists in so-called reality to appreciate space and form from imaginative, spiritual, or emotional connection, and the connection can be intellectual.        

                        As an artist, my work is an endless search for discovery, reflective thinking, an invention based on my Ethiopian African heritage. I make art for love with pleasure and pride. The symbols and figures used are east African. I combine American influence with a dedication to African tradition. In my recent experiments with Embroideries from the Ethiopian National dress, the presence of these bright, colorful, traditional patterns is an abstract symbol of Ethiopian and African heritage. Through the dramatic use of  Acrylic and watercolor paint, I blend warm colors into vibrant and symbolic images in order to preserve Ethiopian heritage and African culture for future generations.  

       My Art is a direct response to my interaction with the universe. We are connected with nature and with each other. As an artist, my first responsibility is to myself. I paint for the pleasure of painting. When I create, I dream; and when I dream, I am alive. Art is calming and inspirational. With my paintings, I show the fragility of a culture filled with humanity, dignity, and beauty. I have always felt great love and respect for art. I believe its beauty makes us happy and gives us a sense of mortality.  My work is a personal statement about my belief, concerns and perceptions am very happy to share it with you.


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