Behind the Artist: Audrey Stone

We’re excited to introduce you to one of Anne Neilson Fine Art’s newest artists, Audrey Stone. Get to know this dynamic new addition below!
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Name: Audrey Stone
Hometown: New York City, NY
Currently Living: Brooklyn, NY
See Her Work: http://anneneilsonfineart.com/artists/audrey-stone/

A Closer Look
Audrey Stone has known since the age of 9 that she wanted to be an artist. With an early influence from Michelangelo (and even fantasies that they were distant relatives!), Stone sold her first work while attending the Pratt Institute for her BFA, quickly followed by her first gallery show after graduation.
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With an aesthetic that she describes as subtle, simple and bold, she typically describes her pieces that are in-progress as her favorite. “I become very involved in my process, and it consumes me,” she explains. As she works she draws on inspiration from a bevy of artists, including Veja Celmins, Louise Bourgoise, Sheila Hicks, Lori Ellison and Anne Wilson, as well as personal inspiration from her grandmother.

“I keep a book of running ideas in which I sketch out the composition, color and medium to keep track of them. My ideas come in batches, and while I work on approximately 7 or 8 pieces at a time, sometimes there are too many ideas to work on at one time,” Audrey describes of her preparation process. “When I’m ready to start new work, I go back through the sketchbook, and if an idea still resonates, I move forward with it. Sometimes I create a color study on paper, a small painting of what a painting might ultimately become.”
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Audrey also appreciates time away from her work, including time with her two children. She recharges at a family home in Massachusetts, where she loves being on the deck and reading in the summer. Though she won’t often turn down a restorative beach vacation. She has also recently started taking nature photos. Most mornings you can find Audrey behind the camera shooting a few photos while on her morning walk.

She admits that the art world is not without its challenges. “As an artist it takes a long time to figure out how to live your life and make your work. I think it’s a slow process for many and there are highs and lows in terms of production and exhibitions. While I was getting my BFA we were often told: only 2% of you will be making art in 10 years, a terrible thing to say to young artists. I have been happily surprised by the amount of people I went to school with back then who have continued to make art. Many have had breaks in their art making for periods of time but they are doing it now.” Audrey approaches the challenges as simply and boldy as she approaches her work: one day a time.
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Audrey’s work takes slow, methodical timing. “I spend time and care on the craft involved,” she says. “I am inspired by the natural world and its emotional transitions.” It’s that inspiration that lends itself to her unique sense of color, process and selection of material.

Describing her artistic process, she says, “On the painting surfaces I paint one color on a piece a day so that it fully dries before the next layer. I often use tape to create the edge of color. If it is a combined sewn painting, I usually complete the painting part 1st, then move on to the sewing. While the paint dries on the painting sections I am working on, I sew on the sewing sections of other pieces.”

We are thrilled to be adding Audrey’s signature work to our range of Anne Neilson Fine Art’s roster of talents!