Sheila Grabarsky

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Sheila Grabarsky is an abstract painter living and working on the New Jersey shore. She is known for her bold and expressive gestural brushstrokes, juxtaposition of contrasting colors, and spontaneity in her paintings. Sheila’s animated paintings have been compared to those of Vasily Kandinsky, the Russian painter and art theorist referred to as “the father of abstraction.” And, like Kandinsky, the essence of inner beauty and the potency of the human spirit are key factors in her art. Fun fact: Sheila is a recent recipient of The Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award!

“I paint because I bleed Alizarin Crimson. As a small child - third grade, to be exact - I painted a watercolor sun into a sky and CREATED A COLOR! I was amazed at how simply I could generate a new color that wasn’t there before. I remain awestruck, still, at this constant new discovery of color creation and juxtaposition. Because I am a colorist I have a great need to present to the world what color can do.

My work is also about introspection — spiritual, psychological, soul-searching. If only to look inside, look at my work. It would be good for the viewer to be still and accept her/his personal freedom of interpretation.

My process is one of "reduction"; painting until the canvas is over-full of movement and connections (as I see the world's confusion) then obliterating that world-chaos - removing extraneous marks - until the work and the discovery become a complete and orderly composition, as I would love the world to be; composed, organized. I am excited by the evolution of shapes and the discovery of how movement impacts each of these shapes to become cohesive.

Channeling the "process" rather than focusing on "product" wrenches the visceral truth(s). Finishing touches and fine-tuning soften the blow. For me, there is much listening to authentic intuitiveness with abstraction (and, it always requires music). Lately I have been exploring a new technique of "drawing" with dried acrylic "skins" (residues) that are adhered to the canvas just because they are so beautiful I cannot bear to destroy them.

As in all art, my work reflects my personal domain, reflection and history. Lightness and joy are new to my paintings - previous works were usually forebodingly dark portraits based on German Expressionism. What remains pure and consistent is coloration and intensity.

I see abstraction everywhere - in nature, in architecture, in my mind’s eye. Look at a window - study each individual pane and you just might see an infinite number of exciting compositions of line, color, and dimension, perspective and form, as I do."

The energetic artist embraces different genres of music which accompany her in her studio and invigorate her canvases with an undulating rhythmic movement. Her art is in many private and publishing collections, has been featured on music CD covers, and was selected as the background for a collaborative J&J/Rutgers video. In 2016 Sheila's paintings were part of a gallery scene in the Hollywood movie, American Pastoral.