ARTIST STATEMENT

My approach to painting involves an exploration of the connection of my heart, brain, hand and brush as well as color, movement, depth and contrast. I allow the dynamics of color to flow spontaneously and intuitively in a way that evokes a healing harmony. My intention is to share a heart-felt energy and evoke a positive impact for the viewer. It is very fulfilling knowing that people feel a connection with my work, that it soothes them. My major source of inspiration is nature and spirituality; however, not as much in a literal sense as in delving into my innate connection to the divine beauty, love and light.

I attempt to paint my interpretation of the essence of nature’s elements, light, inner and outer portals, open and closed spaces. These are expressed to create a poetic dialogue with the viewer. My approach is to explore the essence of things by painting in a spontaneous and instinctive style. My major source of inspiration is the inner source of essence – the heart. My intention is to make art that is heartfelt and powerful while bringing out the element of beauty, and art that is healing. I am interested in creating powerful images that provide a powerful message about the essence of life that feels significant and healing to our soul.

BIO

Born in Taranto, Italy, Cosima Aryee immigrated to Chicago at the age of twelve. After high school she served in the U.S. Army and then attended the College of Art & Design at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She earned a BFA with a double major in painting and drawing. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, she enjoyed a successful career in graphic design. Her work has been in group and solo exhibitions including Robert T. Wright Gallery of Art, Dandelion Gallery, Old McHenry Courthouse Art Center, David Adler’s Arts Center, The Art Center Highland Park, Winnetka Community House, the James May Gallery, Oak Park Arts League Gallery and Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Gallery.

Cosima captures the atmospheric sensations and wonder of the natural world and mystical space in alluring abstract works of art. She imbues her work with a keen sense of dimension and illumination. Her main source of inspiration is nature and spirituality but not in a literal sense as much as in a tapping into one’s innate connection to the divine beauty, love and light. Her paintings show a fierce, unapologetic journey into discovering the great mystery of our humanity and the artist’s creative calling. Cosima’s warm and thoughtful personality breathes life into her paintings and contributes to the emotional and intellectual engagement that occurs with each viewing. The paintings feel alive and indicative of a thoughtful process of a willingness to take chances.

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Honorable Mention Award, Artist of the Year International Contest, (1 of 50 out of 668 works) Circle Foundation for the Arts 2019
Solo Show, Elmhurst School District 205 - Administrative Office, Elmhurst, IL 1/21/20 - 3/21/20
Visual Harmony, Juried, AWARD OF EXCELLENCE, (1 of 3 out of 106 works) Norris Cultural Arts Center, St. Charles, IL 1/11/20 - 2/16/20
Beyond the Surface, Art Makers North Collective, Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery, Elmhurst, IL 1/4/20 - 1/31/20
Ritual and Spirituality, Juried, The Art Center Highland Park, IL 12/6/19 - 01/4/20
Winter Member Show, Elmhurst Art Museum Guild Gallery, Elmhurst, IL 11/30/19 - 1/3/20
Carriage House Gallery - Member Exhibition, Oak Park, IL 11/5/19 - 12/6/19
Chicago Alliance of Visual Artists: Later Impressions 2019, Juried, Evanston Art Center Gallery, 10/5/19 - 11/3/19
64 ARTS / Buchanan Center for the Arts, Juried, Monmouth, IL 10/22/2019 - 12/13/2019
10 Year Anniversary Show - Juried, Water Street Studios - Batavia, IL 9/13/2019 - 10/13/2019
Solo Exhibition - Lovelight Healing Center - Grayslake, IL Summer / Fall 2019
The Power of Small Things - National Juried Exhibition - P.A. Fine Arts Center - Port Angeles, WA 17/8/2019 – 29/9/2019
Abstraction Exhibition - North Shore Arts League - Winnetka Community House - ​5/14/2019 - 7/9/2019
2 Person Exhibition - Be Market - 5/1/2019 - 8/31/2019
Solo Exhibition - The Bageler - Chicago, IL 5/6/2019 - 8/30/2019
Beyond the Selfie - Juried, The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park, IL 3/1/2019 – 4/7/2019
Lake County, Illinois - Regional Juried Exhibition – Perkowitz Art Studio, Grayslake, IL – 2/4/2019 – 2/22/2019
Identity – National Juried Exhibition – Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL – 1/19/2019 – 2/23/2019
David Adler Music and Arts Center Gallery – 1/9/2019 – 1/24/2019
Artist in Residence Solo Show and Demo – Lake Villa District Library – 12/1 – 12/31/2018
Small Works Group Show – Dandelion Gallery 11/2018 – 12/2018
Independent Artist Showcase – Wilmette Park District – 11/5 – 12/20/2018
Holiday Show and Silent Auction Show – Grayslake Heritage Center – 11/2018
Solo Exhibition – KINGSLEY + GINNODO Office Gallery – 8/2018
“Botanicals” – Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery – 8/2018 – Special Merit Award
“Patterns” – Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery – 9/2018 – Golden Portals – Special Merit Award
“Patterns” – Light Space and Time Online Art Gallery – 9/2018 – Golden Portals – Special Recognition
Member Show – Casa Italia Art League Annual Show – 8/2018
Member Show – Dandelion Gallery – 8/2018
Fundraiser /Art Donation Show – Awakening Chicago – 7/2018
Artist in Residence Solo Show and Demo – Lake Villa District Library – 11/2017
“Recent Works” – Juried, Wright Gallery of Art – (2 pieces) 10/2017
Highland Park City Hall – Juried, “Art at City Hall” 10/2017 – 3/2018
Curated & juried a local exhibition: “New Beginnings” Round Lake Beach Cultural Center - 12/2016 – 1/2017
Solo Exhibition – Round Lake Beach Cultural Center – 12/2016 – 1/2017

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