Artwork of the Day: Motivo, Craig Alan


"Motivo," by Craig Alan

Today’s Artwork of the Day is “Motivo,” a 48″ x 48″ canvas by Artexpo New York 2011 exhibitor Craig Alan.

Craig’s work runs the gamut from abstract expressionism to haunting, graphic realism, each series of paintings a reflection of its creator’s unique vision. His prolific career is a culmination of textbook artistic knowledge and keen aesthetic sense.

Though born in California, Craig’s artistic orientation did not get a chance to fully express itself until his family moved to New Orleans in his youth. It was the Crescent City, rich in its culture and outlets for creative expression, that let Craig’s capacity for detailed visual interpretation take root.

Craig’s early experimentation with street portraiture helped him develop the gestural, economic approach to the human figure that distinguishes his paintings today. It was not until his sophomore year at the University of Mobile, Alabama, however, that Craig began a serious, academic focus in art. Craig earned an area award for academic excellence, and the university’s most prestigious exhibition, “Art with a Southern Drawl,” featured 42 of Craig’s pieces. Techniques in makeup and set design, developed during a minor concentration in theater, went into the disparate influences and media that can be seen in Craig’s work.

Shown across the United States, Craig Alan’s canvases demonstrate a facility and appreciation for the human form — and for the colorful world these beings occupy.

Craig will be exhibiting his paintings at Artexpo New York 2011 with Deljou Art Group, the world’s leading publisher of fine art. He exhibited last year as well (here’s the blog post we wrote about Craig’s painting “Populous” last year). You can find out more about Craig Alan and Deljou Art Group work at

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