Adrienne La Faye

 Adrienne La Faye (www.adriennelafayeart.com) explains, "My love of color is present in every piece of my art. My intention is to show color in its truest form, never letting colors get muddy. My subjects and concepts are always compelling me to tell the story that resides innately; I'm a storyteller. "I'm an evolving creation seeking to accurately reflect myself, my environment and the stories I paint."   

Adrienne La Faye
 
 

What artist do you most identify with?

I love Vincent Van Gogh. I also really love Kehinde Wiley’s work. I love any art that depicts passion and bold colors.

Where can people find you hanging out?

In my studio, where else is there to be. I have so much work to get done. I feel there’s never enough time in the day to be an entrepreneur. Art and business is sometimes not very appealing.

How do you describe your work and how do you talk to a potential buyer? Give us the elevator pitch. 

My work is colorful storytelling with a social justice edge to it. You’ll first see the colors and when you look closer you’ll see direct and then subliminal messages in my paintings.

What are some things you'd like to change about the arts community here in Seattle?

I would love for more African American females to be included in Seattle’s art scene. The African American diaspora hasn’t had the opportunity that it needs, I’m not sure if many people know that there are artists of color here. I know there aren’t many African American artists in comparison to the amount of White artist’s in Seattle, however that’s even more the reason that our stories need to seen and heard.

What kind of art can we find in your home?

The walls are covered with my work, because it helps me see my paintings more clearly. One of the reasons why my wife and I decided to purchase our home was, because we have a lot of wall space. The walls afford me to be able to view my paintings when I’m sitting down or walking past, so I can use my critical eye. I do have some of my artist’s friend’s works that I really admire too.

What is the best home for your art?

I imagine the best homes are of the people who love my work, because my work speaks to them personally. I’m always hoping they would see why I painted what I had painted, and be even more compelled to put my paintings in their homes.

 Tell us a story of when you sold your first piece.

I was living in Friday Harbor, WA, and I was attending my first group exhibition at the Sunshine Art Gallery. People starting filling up the gallery and I was so nervous and excited at the same time. I didn’t want anyone to know who I was, because if they didn’t like my work, I didn’t want to be known for creating horrible work. I was standing by myself working really hard to not be seen, looking at a fellow artist’s painting on the wall. Out of nowhere I heard this commotion and I looked around and there was this gentleman talking loudly about how much he liked my painting. He loved it so much that he took it off the wall and said “I would like to buy this piece right now, before anyone else try’s to buy it”. Needless to say I was shocked and lost for words, but pretty happy too.

Solo Exhibitions:

  • 2016 City of Seattle, Mayor’s Office, (Seattle WA.)
  • 2016 Nights at the Neptune, The Glossary, (Seattle, WA.)

Group Exhibitions:

  • 2016 Richland Public Library, (Richland WA.)
  • 2016 Edith Green-Wyatt Federal Bldg. (Portland, OR.)
  • 2016 Lakeshore Renton, WA Curator; June Sekiguchi (Renton, WA.)
  • 2016 Gallery Onyx Bell Town-(Seattle, WA.)
  • 2015 Jacob Lawrence Gallery, U of W Art Bldg. (Seattle, WA.)   
    Curator: Esther Erving.

Permanent Collections:

  • Therapeutic Health Services Rainier Ave Seattle, WA.
  • Walter Don & Danielle Banks, (NO, Louisiana)
  • Jacqueline Roberts Family: (Seattle, WA)
  • Hollingsworth Foundation: (Seattle, WA)
  • Dr. Sami Dogan, (Kirkland, WA)