For over a century, our region has been the home of extraordinary artists from the major disciplines such as: performance (Helen Hayes), visual arts (Edward Hopper), literature (Carson McCullers), and music (Kurt Weill). Local Arts Index, a new weekly feature on NyackNewsAndViews, highlights the work of an artist who continues our community’s rich creative legacy.
Trine Giaever worked as a graphic editorial artist at the New York Daily News for a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Times, Ms. Magazine and The Village Voice. She has a BA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art.
Her work was recently on display in a solo exhibit entitled “NYC Inside and Outsides” at Pleiades Gallery, NYC and locally at “Green Acres and Simple Pleasures” at Piermont Strauss.
What Kind of Art Do You Make?
I would describe most of my art as landscape, even though I learned how to really paint at a strict “old masters” figure painting graduate school. I see the landscape as a more direct means of creating a mood. I hope I am painting the light and color to match the feeling the landscape is giving off.
Ideally, there are figures in my landscapes, and I think my most successful paintings are the ones that tell a story of the figure in a setting. I suppose this is the illustrator training in me, or the newspaper experiences, that present a narrative. I can’t help it.
What is your Muse?
I think Hopper’s paintings are very much like what I described above, and smack of what I am trying to do?maybe he is my muse? Mostly though, my surroundings are my muse.
I paint a lot of New York City because I lived there for so long and I want to capture it’s unique juxtapositions and incredibly complicated and vibrant vertical, horizontal, and underground landscapes.
And my husband is my muse, of course. That’s why I married him.
Oh and the kids are my muse too. My family makes their way into a lot of my paintings.
My dream is to get a New Yorker cover. And a children’s book published. And a piece in a major museum.
I will be exhibiting at the Nyack Library in November and the Valley Cottage library in December.
Curated by Bill Batson
Artist portrait photo credit: Trine Giaever
Local Arts Index in sponsored by Maria Luisa, 77 South Broadway and ML Gifts & Accessories 75 South Broadway, Nyack, NY