Angela Cunningham

Angela's work will be on view at our Grand Opening Aug.3-27. See our events page for details.

 "Yellow Rose", oil on canvas, 18"x22" by Angela Cunningham

"Yellow Rose", oil on canvas, 18"x22" by Angela Cunningham

Artist Statement

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As a painter and a sculptor in a naturalistic and realistic style, I enjoy paying close
attention to precise detail, and accurately portraying things as they exist in a natural
setting. My inspiration is the character and individuality of my subjects. I work from life,
for I feel it’s the purest way to see the intricacies of the subjects form, and the only way
to interact and be inspired by the personality of the individual in front of me. Art is not
only a way of observing the world and getting lost in it’s beauty, but it’s also an
interaction, an understanding, and a relationship with life itself. Every individual has
something that is unique, and I'm continually fascinated to learn each of my subjects
character, traits, thoughts, and quirks. I’ve found that no matter how different we are as
individuals, there is an underlying element of commonality between us. We can all relate
to art that reveals someone's contained emotions and inner thoughts, and gives us a
glimpse into humanity.

I draw artistic inspiration from many artists, especially the Naturalists of the
late 19 th century (Emile Fraint, William Bliss Baker), the late 19 th Century Russian
Realists (Ivan Nikolaevich Kramskoi), the sculptorJean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and
contemporary artists Bruno Walpoth, Sally Mann, and Nicola Hicks.

And I find these artists' quotes particularly apt and inspiring:

“We have to teach our eyes to look at nature, and there are many of us who have
never seen it and never will.”
— Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

“However clever you may be, Nature is your superior; however great your talent,
she is greater: and if you only obey her you are sure to not be beside the mark. Great
artists are truthful, and it is Nature who has taught them truth.”
o –Gustave Fraipont

 "Flower and Lace", oil on canvas, 20"x16", by Angela Cunningham 

"Flower and Lace", oil on canvas, 20"x16", by Angela Cunningham 

Artist BIO

Angela Cunningham (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. She studied
at various art colleges eventually receiving her BFA in Drawing and Painting with
a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in
California at LCAD and Saddleback College from 2005-2007, Angela pursued
her passion for the classical techniques of drawing and painting under the
mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York
City. She graduated GCA in 2010. She now teaches privately at her own studio
in Asheville, North Carolina. She also teaches workshops at various studios
nationwide. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma
Schapiro Achievement Award, Art Renewal Center First Place Scholarship
Award, the Alfred Ross Achievement Award and more.

 "Dried Roses", oil on panel, 18"x12", by Angela Cunningham

"Dried Roses", oil on panel, 18"x12", by Angela Cunningham