Artist Alex Gramm!
- By Cynthia Lum
- Photo By Alex Gramm
“I paint because I find it to be a challenge for me, and when I overcome hurdles, there is no greater sense of accomplishment. An intense high, if you will. I consider myself to be a realist painter, and most of my inspiration is derived from my experiences in life.”
Alexander Gramm’s interest in art and culture began at an early age with visits to the Coleman Lake Club near Iron Mountain, WI. The Club founded in 1880 maintains a significant collection of Indian artifacts from around the country. Over the course of several years, Gramm attended Pow Wow’s and other Native American gatherings paying tribute to their cultural heritage. His photography from these events became the foundation for his Native American Series. A series inspired by the photography of Edward Sheniff Curtis, allowed him to indulge his love of the American West and experiment with a contemporary application on a historic topic.
Gramm’s inspiration often comes from old sheet music, world atlas maps and old books. His process involves a series of creating, and sealing as many as 30 or 40 layers then using sand paper or paint thinner to remove some of the layers and reveal parts of the text underneath. His new series explores the contrast of old and new, the past and present with painting and the printed word.
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