FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
‘DOLCE FAR NIENTE’ 2012:
GALLERY SHOW BY MIXED MEDIA ARTIST HEATHER SHIRIN
Asheville, N.C. (November 28, 2012) ---- Heather Shirin, an Art Nouveau mixed media artist located in Asheville, NC, will be debuting her new series, ‘Dolce Far Niente’ at Working Girl Studios and Gallery in Downtown Asheville between December 2nd and December 31st. Opening reception with Shirin in attendance will be held on Friday, December 7th from 5pm to 8pm at the Working Girls Studios and Gallery - 30 Battery Park Ave Asheville, NC 28801.
Heather Shirin creates inspired, timeless portraits of women using acrylic, fine art papers, various metal leaf, metallic paint and other mixed media to create beautiful layers and textures for the hair, clothing and design elements within her rich and reflective backgrounds. Heather’s mixed media paintings are large scale, painted directly on rich stained deep birch panels, purposely allowing the wood grain to come thru in the female figure’s skin. Her works have been described as luminous, intimate and emotive.
“I believe in the adoration of the Art Nouveau style and continue to capture women’s vulnerability and strength using materials that define their beauty and presence,” says Shirin. “My portraits are reminiscent of Gustav Klimt and Alphonse Mucha - as if those two were to collaborate.”
Heather attained her BFA in oil painting in 1997 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work is represented by the Desert Moon Designs Studios and Gallery in Asheville, NC. She has also been represented by The Night Gallery, Seven Sisters Gallery, the Kress Emporium and Woolworths Walk Fine Art Gallery.
For more information, visit Shirin’s website at www.HeatherShirin.com.