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►Website - http://www.sagittariusgallery.com

►Email-- sagittariusgallery [!at] gmail.com
►Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/sagittariusgallery.fanpage
►Twitter -- http://twitter.com/ajaart
►EBSQ Self-representing artists-- http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_599_profile.htm
►DeviantART-- http://sagittariusgallery.deviantart.com/

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  • Female
  • Born on December 21
  • Joined January 22, 2007

Favorite materials

oil, enamel, sharpees, wax, canvas, anything


Home of the original Starry Night / pop...


°`°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º° About the Artist °º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°`°

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(¸.·´ (¸.·`¤~Where I can be found~¤

►Website - http://www.sagittariusgallery.com

►Email-- sagittariusgallery [!at] gmail.com
►Facebook -- https://www.facebook.com/sagittariusgallery.fanpage
►Twitter -- http://twitter.com/ajaart
►EBSQ Self-representing artists-- http://www.ebsqart.com/Artists/cmd_599_profile.htm
►DeviantART-- http://sagittariusgallery.deviantart.com/

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Home goods - Dianoche Designs
Clothing - Art of Where

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Although I've been painting since my age was measured in months (my mom, a toll painter, would give me scraps of wood from her projects, a cup of water, and a brush for me to "paint" with....) I really became serious with it in '99 during my last years of high school. Resigned to my profession I was accepted to Montserrat College of Art on scholarship and concentrated on painting.

Sagittarius Gallery, my business, was started in April of 2003 and since then I have been blessed to have over 2000 patrons on 6 continents. I am a self-representing artist who utilizes the internet and social media to connect with patrons from across the world. Although I primarily sell my work through the net, I have shown at several galleries including at the World Monument Fund Gallery / Prince George Ballroom and Rogue Space in Manhattan, Karin Sanders Fine Art in Sag Harbor, NY, Robert Dowling Studios and Gallery in Bangor, ME, as well as a solo show at the Gallery and Grille in Newburyport, MA. Locally my work has been shown at The Broadway Art Center, Albany, and Fulton Street Gallery in Troy. I have also participated in several outdoor events including Art on Lark and the Stockade Arts Show in Schenectady. My work has been published in ArtNEWS, American Art Collector, and The World's Finest Erotic Art vol. 2, has been licensed by McGaw Publishing, has a successful home goods partnership with Dianoche Designs, and I am a listed artist with Art in America.

I concentrate primarily on the female nude figure to convey my vision, but regularly explore a variety of subjects such as florals, urban cityscapes, abstracts, and landscapes. My tool of choice is the palette knife and my medium, pure, undiluted oils. I work out of my Scotia, NY home studio.

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2001-2003 Montserrat College of Art, Beverly MA with a concentration in painting

►Gallery representation--
2013 386 Gallery, Albany, NY
2009 Taylor Mackenzie, New York, NY
2006 Karin Sanders Fine Art Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY
2006 Robert Dowling Studios and Gallery, Bangor, ME

►Other Representation
Select images licensed by Dianoche Designs
Select images licensed by McGaw Publishing
Select images licensed by Allmywalls.com

►Solo Exhibition--
2003 Gallery and Grille, Newburyport, MA

►Group Exhibitions--
2014 2nd Annual Scotia Glenville Alumni Art Show, Scotia-Glenville High School, Scotia, NY
2013 1st Annual Scotia Glenville Alumni Art Show, Scotia-Glenville High School, Scotia, NY
"Portraire" 386 Gallery, Albany, NY
"ReMergence" 386 Gallery, Albany, NY
2012 NYS Museum with Albany Center Gallery, 1/14/12
2010 "Introductions" 1/5-1/29, Taylor & Mackenzie, New York, NY
2009 Weekend Show, Rogue Space, Chelsea, NYC
"Words and Images", Fulton Street Gallery, Troy, NY
"Small Works, Big Idea Vol. 2", APW Gallery, Long Island City, NY.
ARTundressed 2009 Exhibition
2008 First Friday Art Show, Broadway Art Center, Albany, NY
Artist Emerge "Expressions"
Schenectady Stockade Area Art Show, Schenectady, NY
Art in the Park, Saratoga Springs, NY
Art on Lark, Albany, NY
2007 Schenectady Stockade Area Art Show, Schenectady, NY
2007 Projekt30 April Exhibition (www.projekt30.com)
2006 Summer Group Exhibition, Karin Sanders Fine Art, Sag Harbor, NY
"Random Inclinations" Robert Dowling Studios and Gallery, Bangor, ME
"One" Robert Dowling Studios and Gallery, Bangor, ME
2005 Phidias Art Gallery, Schenectady, NY
2004 Monthly gallery walk, Memories on Market LLC Gallery, Oshkosh, WI
2003 "Recent Prints Exhibition", Montserrat College of Art
Summer Exhibition, Montserrat College of Art
2001-2003 Montserrat College of Art student exhibitions
1999 First National Bank, Scotia, NY
Annual Empire State Art Exhibit, Empire State Legislative Building, Albany, NY

►Projects and Competitions--
2006 Featured in "Art Now Global Art Competition"
2003 Artist Statement Slam, Oni Gallery, Boston, MA
1999 Forest mural in Scotia-Glenville High School main office, Scotia, NY -Participation in the Olympics of the Visual Arts

6/2008 "Enchanted" - Patron's choice in the EBSQ sponsored show, "Under the Knife"
5/2008 "Free" - Member's choice and "Unspoiled" - Patron's mention in the EBSQ sponsored show, "Plein Air 2008
2004 "Tigerlillies" - members mention in the EBSQ sponsored show, "Abstract Expressions"

►Featured Artist--
2011 Featured Artisan at Artsy Home (www.artsyhome.com)
2011 Featured Artist for the month of May at Jerry's Artarama http://www.jerrysartarama.com/blog/post/2011/05/03/May-Artist-of-the-Month-Aja-Apa-Soura.aspx
2008 LIVE Studio Presentation on palette knife painting techniques, ebsqart.com (5/08)
2007 Interviewed and Featured artist, Artella Daily Muse (7/11/07)
2004 Featured artist for the month of February at EBSQ
Featured at Pedistal Magazine

►Publications / Media--
8/11/2013 - Mashable "10 Fresh Alternatives to Cliche College Posters" http://mashable.com/2013/08/11/wall-art/
3/29/2013 - Huffington Post Arts "Grumpy Cat & Van Gogh: This 'Starry Night' Portrait Mashup Makes Us Love The Irritated Feline Even More" - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/grumpy-cat-van-gosh-starry-night-portrait_n_2902633.html
3/20/2013 - My Modern Met - "Palette Knife Paintings of Hilarious Grumpy Cats" - http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/sagittarius-gallery-aja-grumpy-cats
3/18/2013 - Laughing Squid - "
Grumpy Cat Painted in the Style of Van Gogh’s Starry Night" - http://laughingsquid.com/grumpy-cat-painted-in-the-style-of-van-goghs-starry-night/
3/17/2013 - Trend Hunter - "Aja Immortalizes the Memes of Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub in Paintings" - http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/grumpy-cat
3/2013 - Incredible Things - "Grumpy Cat In The Style Of Starry Night" - http://www.incrediblethings.com/art-design/grumpy-cat-in-the-style-of-starry-night/
11/2010 - "6 Tips on Preparing for Strong Holiday Sales on Etsy" INC Magazine, 11/5/10 http://www.inc.com/guides/2010/11/6-tips-to-preparing-for-strong-holiday-sales-on-etsy.html
6/2009 "The World's Greatest Erotic Art of Today - Vol 3"
5/2009 "Still Lifes Reborn" Handmade News, 5/08/09 http://www.handmadenews.org/article/index.php?id=781
5/2009 "Quit Your Day Job: sagittariusgallery" Etsy Blog, 5/18/09 https://blog.etsy.com/en/2009/quit-your-day-job-sagittariusgallery/
9/2008 "Small Advertisement, Big Sales" American Art Collector, Pg 227
6/2008 Art on Lark feature on Fox 23 News, Albany - http://www.fox23news.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?articleID=72668
6/2008 American Art Collector, Pg 240
5/2008 EBSQ LIVE Studio Presentation - painting with the palette knife.
2008 Artisan Impact Catalog
2007 "Handbook to Handmade" Volume 1 presented by Timothy Adam Designs p.70 and 71.
2006 “Emotional Intensity Links Disparate Pieces” by Eric Ernst, Review of Karin Sanders Fine Art exhibition. South Hampton Papers, 8/06
“Art Gallery in the Hamptons: Karin Sanders Fine Art” by Pete Duhon, Review of my
work, featuring my piece “Sometimes it's the Mistakes We Make”. Art Comments blog, 8/06 -
2004 Interview for EBSQ Self-Representing Artists by Amie Gillingham. 2/04

2012 Tone Pilates Studio, Las Vegas, NV
2009 Etsy Corporate Offices
2008 Hills-Candler Collection, GA

►Listed artist with Art in America - http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1248/is_7_94/ai_n27098513/pg_8

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(¸.·´ (¸.·`¤~Artist Statement~¤

---Midnight Sonata -- Artistic process and anti-process---

An impulse. Surging through my being like some addictive substance from within the farthest reaches of my mind. Unavoidable and stubborn in its progression, it overwhelms and never fails to propel me towards the fresh opportunity ready and waiting at the easel...

Middle of the night, the world around me at quiet slumber, 75 watt overhead bulb illuminates the studio and glares in blood shot eyes. Maybe mix just a bit more cerulean in. No, prussian and just a dab of white....

Addiction? Obsession....

The process is conscious yet subconscious -- an image is rarely preconceived, but rather it materializes through each oil laden swipe of the knife. It's rather chaotic in its conception in that traditional sketches and research are not only abandoned but ignored entirely. Spontaneity dominates the so-called creative "process", yet the formula remains constant -- atleast as constant as a spontaneous creative "process" will allow....

Ground and foreground interact with the spark and exhaustive release of a night spent. Melting together and separating at the shift of a hue, only to melt back into one another moments later. Pigments are chosen as a reflection of emotion as the contemplation evolves into being. Continued from corner to edge to corner and between, the white of the once fresh opportunity is devoured piece by piece, moment by moment. Window into a new dimension unveiled upon completion, its inhabitants emerging only after the scene has been set.

They journey through the contemplation, melting and resurfacing like the atmosphere in which they reside. Stepping further into the canvas, they entice their audience to do the same. Walk the path and consider the possibilities of the unknown. Consider the notions set forth by their seemingly blind journey toward an end undepicted. Consider something more....

Methodical yet frenzied, the creation comes to fruition in one continuous sitting, no matter how long that may take. Just as a thought lingers in the recesses of the mind until acknowledged or confronted, such is the character of the muse within. That impulse that craves satiation. So it shall be satiated...until tomorrow.

Palette knife comes to rest, mind slows to but a comfortable crawl. Eyes gaze upon the piece of my soul plucked from my subconscious like a Polaroid into my imagination. The silence of the early morning reminds me of my exhaustion. 75 watt bulb a mere memory. Sleep may now embrace me....


Also, although I have had over 2000 patrons in 12 years, I smoke. I have had only one person take issue with this - but want to make sure it is here and that my patrons are aware.

Thank you so much for your interest in my work! Please feel free to contact me - sagittariusgallery [!at] gmail.com.

-- Aja

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