Piece description from the artist
Female head in burnt sienna on gold leaf.
This is a part of my more meditative recent work. It fuses realism and abstraction. I try to capture a striving for balance, self-knowledge and healing using the language of the chakra system. Simply stated, our bodies are divided into seven energetic wheels, or chakras, all of which contain the thoughts that shape our experiences. Each chakra is also illustrated by a color. Realism is still my approach, but with a twist either coloristically or due to different content.
Nicole Alger is a classically trained realist painter, living in New York City. Nicole graduated with a B.A. from Duke University. Her artistic training was at L'Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and at The Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, under the tutelage of Daniel Graves. During the first ten years after art school, she focused on the traditional genres of still life, portraiture and landscapes. The vast majority of her work was commissioned and sold privately.
Over the last five years, while taking care of her kids, she has shifted to more imaginative, narrative work inspired stylistically by fine artists such as "Degas":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Degas and "Klimt":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klimt, as well as countless European masters from the Renaissance and religious imagery from painters of the "Neo-Classical":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoclassicism to "Post-Impressionistic":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-Impressionism era. She is also influenced by Buddhist ideas, Greek mythology and the Indian chakra system. In the years to come Nicole hopes she can continue to mine her inner life for painting ideas.
Also, Nicole's paintings were featured in the movie 'Practical Magic' and also in an article on the home of a client, in Architectural Digest.