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Demonstration by Alice Laputka

Demonstration by Alice Laputka
Artist's Statement

Art is a continuing search — for a concept, for subject matter, for composition, for color, for mood, for that certain "je ne sais quoi" that takes it beyond the ordinary.  
I have always looked at my subject matter in terms of its abstract design — seeing shapes, line and color. I am currently focusing more on the abstract design of the scene that I am painting than on the specific objects, even though the final result is usually representational.  

I like to challenge myself — be it new subject matter, a difficult format, new colors, or a new medium —just to force myself out of any complacent rut I might have gotten into. The process should be as important as the product.  

Occasionally doing purely abstract paintings helps to reinforce my abilities with composition and color. It also liberates me to explore in directions that I might not otherwise have tried in my representational work.

Alice Laputka, KA, PSA, CLWAC

Artist Profile
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Pennsylvania artist, Alice Laputka, earned a BFA in Graphic Design from the Philadelphia College of Art and has studied painting with Miles Batt, Glenn Bradshaw, William Arthur Herring, and Katherine Chang Liu.  

Laputka's numerous achievements have helped to establish her reputation as an accomplished artist. She is a signature member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Knickerbocker Artists, the Pastel Society of America (PSA), the Pennsylvania Watercolor Society and the Philadelphia Water Color Society and recently qualified for "Masters' Circle" status with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She is also a member of Philadelphia Tri-State Artists Equity.  

Laputka has had several solo shows in Pennsylvania and New York. Since 1994, she has been accepted into over one hundred national and international juried shows. She has received over forty-five awards for her paintings, including a recent Purchase Award in the 2009 Pastel Society of America show. Her work has been included in several books and magazines. Laputka has edited and written articles for the Pastelagram, an in-house publication of PSA.  

Working primarily in pastels and oils,  Laputka has participated in plein air competitions in Maryland, Colorado and Wyoming and has painted on location throughout the United States and in Europe.  

In 2009 Laputka had a solo show in Scranton and was in a group show in Philadelphia, a regional juried show (Binghamton), two international shows in NYC, and an international web show. She was also in a five-person show, Conversations at the Broome Street Gallery in NYC (September 22 to October 11).

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