Valyntina Grenier lives and works in Tucson, Arizona, USA
Born 1976 in Lancaster, California.
I am a first generation college graduate and I wouldn’t paint the way I do if I hadn’t studied poetry. I earned a BA in English at The University of California, Berkeley, and an MFA in poetry at St. Mary’s College, California. My undergraduate studies introduced me to art as an agent of social change, but poetry really taught me to think (allegorically, symbolically, metaphorically). My art is on the side of life that insists, “Don’t Shoot.”
As I developed a practice in painting, drawing, encaustic, installation art, and neon, everyday materials and processes would prove particularly important to me. I have a rigorous studio practice with a restrained, meticulous way of working in multiple areas around my home in Tucson, Arizona. It was not until the age of thirty that I decided to become a visual artist. Lack of formal training in the genre has led to unlikely pairings of methods and materials. I have learned to embrace accidents as moments of innovation and progress.
My paintings, installations, and encaustics convey a colorful world seemingly untouched by the upheavals of ruin, bigotry, evil, violence, and fear, but are, in fact, a penetrating and personal view of this moment in our American life. They assert that, even at this time, the ideals of tenderness and compassion serve as the foundation of a prosperous society.
I’ve developed a personal iconography with a preference for motes of pure pigment, pencilled lines, metallic, neon, and iridescent color. By presenting tangibly politicized objects and images in pacific settings — guns, rainbows, clouds, triangles, plant life and male/female reproductive organs — these works skirt the lines of representation and abstraction to create a vantage from which to view violence and prejudice.
I let myself go, scattering handfuls of pleasures across surfaces. I employ lines of graphite and loose constellations of shapes, favoring day-glow and translucent paint. I mix pure pigments with water or encaustic medium or apply them directly to create celestial compositions of colors. It has been liberating to let particles of pigment direct the topography of the resulting work.
I also explore the whimsical possibilities of installations, joining materials from the cultures of construction, craft, and play to create hanging sculptures. These immersive forms reveal the armature of their own making and invite us inside to question our expectations about reality. I hope that experiencing familiar impulses in new surroundings will educate our emotions and influence a comprehensive reconsideration of how we treat the world, each other, and ourselves.
2017 VALYNTINA GRENIER, G Gallery Houston, TX | 2015 GIVE LOVE, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ | 2014 ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN THE DESERT, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ | ANOTHER SUNNY DAY IN THE DESERT 2, Bentley’s, Tucson, AZ | 2013 ALLEGRO UTOPIA, Allegro School of Music, Tucson, AZ | CLOUDSHOW/UTOPIA, Bentley’s, Tucson, AZ | AUTOPOIESIS, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ | 2012 LIV, St. Philip’s Plaza, Tucson, AZ | EKPHRASIS, Bentley’s, Tucson, AZ | 2011 PERSON CIRCUS, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ | FAMILY, The Source, Tucson, AZ | COLLECTED WORKS, Café Passé, Tucson, AZ | 2009 INK AND PAINT, Lanesplitter, Oakland, CA | WORKS ON PAPER, Rockridge Cafe, Oakland, CA | 2008 MY PAGER’S IN MY OTHER PANTS, Khana Peena, Oakland, CA | AUTOPOIESIS 3, Lanesplitter, Oakland CA | 2007 AUTOPOIESIS 2, Lanesplitter, Oakland, CA | 2006 AUTOPOIESIS, Lanesplitter, Oakland, CA
2016 INTERSECTIONS OF (-ISIMS), Live on Central, Phoenix, AZ | PORTMANTEAU, Public Image, Phoenix, AZ | 2015 TINY WORKS | TINY DANCES, 9 the Gallery, Phoenix, AZ | ARTELPHX, The Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix, AZ | ARTfusion, The Steinfeld Warehouse, Tucson, AZ | 2014 ARTELPHX, The Clarendon Hotel, Phoenix, AZ | SideQuest Gallery, Oakland, CA | FemArts: ART INSTALLATIONS BY WOMEN ARTISTS, The Steinfeld Warehouse, Tucson, AZ | 2013 THE SUNSET ROOM, Lost Coast Culture Machine, Fort Bragg, CA | 2012 BE MINE, Collaborations between Writers and Artists, University of Arizona Poetry Center, Tucson, AZ | 2011 WOOD METAL INK PAPER, The Drawing Studio, Tucson, AZ
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