Andrea Shweky:
New Jersey Artist

Andrea Shweky is a contemporary artist new to painting.  However, within the short amount of time that sheís been working with acrylic and oils, Andrea has already proven her adaptability to a new medium, including gallery representation, commission requests, museum exhibitions and private sales of her work.  Her vibrant interiors range from clever 1960 living rooms complete with kitchy period pieces to her newer, more surrealistic, close-up views of rooms layered with off-balance bottles, falling vases and unusual perspectives that keep the viewer questioning.  She began her studies at the University of Michigan Art School and then went on to specialize in the Fashion Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  Following college, she worked as an Assistant Designer and Merchandise Manager for such influential designers as Perry Ellis and Isaac Mizrahi.  Since retiring from fashion to raise her family, she felt compelled to continue with her art and take it to the next level.  Today, she lives and works as an artist and art teacher in Old Bridge, New Jersey.  Andreaís interior pieces are more than just painted rooms.  Each item placed within the setting compels her audience to fantasize about who would reside there.  For her more recent works, Andrea felt the need to "shake it up" by skewing perspectives and tilting objects to keep the room  "moving".  Her inspiration for these newer pieces is Paul Cézannes, THE BASKET OF APPLES.  Andrea enjoyed being startled by his moving fruit and wanted to explore this same theme. Using predominately pencils and charcoals all of her life, Andrea has successfully moved into painting, which has helped her to grow as an artist. "Although Iíve been painting for less than two years, I feel that I have come a long way.  My paintings are becoming more emotional because Iím feeling more comfortable with the medium.  This allows me to loosen up and bring even more of myself into my art.  I donít know where my journey will lead me, but Iím open to all new teachings and experiences," says the artist. Andreaís work has been on exhibit in the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, New Jersey selected for the Monmouth County Arts Council19th Annual Juried Show.  Her paintings are in private collections within New Jersey and Michigan.

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