Art Students League of New York
New York, NY
Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant Exhibition at Art Students League of New York
The Art Students League of New York will honor three of its most accomplished students with an exhibition of their work from March 6 through 24, 2000 in the school's gallery. Recipients of the Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant for 1997, Brian Lipperd, Dana Bonelli Parlier and Yupin Pramotepipop will present their recent paintings and sculptures in the exhibition. Established in 1930, the grants allow young artists to travel abroad for several months and upon their return, to present their work in a group exhibit. The three students were selected from nearly 60 competitors by artists Daniel Greene and Jane Freilicher.
Painter and sculptor Yupin Pramotepipop was born in Batong, Thailand and earned a B.A. degree in advertising administration in Bangkok before coming to New York in 1991 to enroll at the Art Students League. She studied anatomy and drawing with Michael Burban, Peter Cox, Sherry McGraw and Gustav Rehberger, and painting with Terence Coyle, Harvey Dinnerstein and Ronald Sherr. Her sculpture instructors included Nathaniel Kaz, Sidney Simon, Gary Lawrence Sussman and Barney Hodes. Currently, she is studying stone carving with Jill Burkee and printmaking with Michael Pellettieri. She has earned the League's Fine Art Painting Certificate and Fine Art Sculpture Certificate. (left: Yupin Pramotepipop with Joseph, 1999, hydrocal and plaster, 50 x 26 x 47 inches; right: Yupin Pramotepipop, Alexsei, 1997, hydrocal and plaster, 57 x 20 x 18 inches)
A member of the Salmagundi Club and Audubon Artists, Pramotepipop has received numerous awards and commissions for both portrait paintings and sculptures. Her work has been exhibited in many group shows, most recently by the Allied Artists of America at the National Arts Club and at the Salmagundi Club in New York. The artist spent her four months abroad visiting museums in Italy, France, Spain, London and Amsterdam.
Painter Brian Lipperd, a native of Oklahoma, studied at the Art Students League from 1994 to 1998. The McDowell Grant is the latest in a series of awards bestowed upon him by the school, including Merit Scholarships in 1996 and 1997. An artist who uses still life to convey character and advance narrative in his work, Lipperd was impressed by masks of the Venetian carnival while abroad. His own collection of masks from Asia, Africa and Europe inspired his recent series of paintings. The artist is a member of the National Arts Club in New York, where he had a one-man exhibit in 1999. (left: Brian Lipperd, The Agony of Luxury, 1999, oil on canvas, 45.5 x 28 inches; Brian Lipperd, The Beckoning, 1999, oil on canvas, 47 x 40 inches)
Dana Bonelli Parlier's sculptures are produced in a variety of media, including clay, wire and welded steel. Stylistically, they range from traditional figurative works to flying steel and wire figures, and from what he describes as "anatomical deviations" to human figures combined with geometric forms, such as his "20th-Century Megacity Deconstructivist Woman." Parlier, who holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees, notes that he enrolled at the League to acquire a grounding in traditional drawing skills and figurative sculpture. Over the past ten years, he has studied there with Barney Hodes, Gary Lawrence Sussman, Sidney Simon and others. He teaches figurative clay sculpture at the American Wood Carving School in Wayne, NJ and the Cape Cod School of Art, Provincetown, MA. (left: Dana Bonelli Parlier with Crystal, 1995, modeled clay, cast plaster, 54 x 15 x 24 inches; Dana Bonelli Parlier, 20th-Century Megacity Deconstructivist Woman, 1997, 52 x 24 x 18 inches)
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