One of my favorite icons of all time is Alice Neel. She was a true trail blazer for women in art and in life. She was someone, that just had to make art. There is something so admirable about someone's spirit, and is willing to do whatever it takes for the passion of their craft. Her art was something that ran so deep with in her, that it came through in her paintings.
If you have a chance to see her work in person, her energy leaps off the canvas. When her paintings are on display at the Portland Art Museum, I go visit them. When I'm in New York City, there is one that is close to the elevator on the 3rd floor at MOMA, that I visit. There is something magical about her work and her long, beautiful, brush strokes.
One of my favorite art documentaries of all time is Neel. (and it's on Netflix) Even if you aren't an artist, you can appreciate this film. Alice's drive and spirit will inspire you to do whatever it takes to make your life the best life ever. It chronologies her life, and her art, and how she made it. Her sons still own her old apartment in New York City, and they use it as an office and a place to remember their mother.
"The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a world and I could do what I liked in it."- Alice Neel
Details about the show:
Location: People's Gallery
Opening Night: Sept 20th, 5-9
Show Runs from: September 20th- October 12th.