Alice Asmar, American (1929 - )
Born in Flint,
Michigan of Lebanese and Greek descent. Her parents moved to
Portland, Oregon when she was just a baby. She started Drawing
and painting at a very early age. Alice was considered a child
prodigy, she was winning awards and recognition before the age
of 10. The artwork of her early years was inspired by the splendors
of nature, from the inscrutable pines and ancient sculptured
rocks along the Oregon Coast to the mysterious ocean mists.
Alice grew up an only child in
a sensitive and creative environment. One of her earliest memories
was of tracing with her fingers the fascinating patterns in
the oriental rugs that her parents had brought with them when
they left Lebanon for America.
She Graduated magna cum
laude from Lewis and Clark College in Portland and Obtained
her Master's of Fine Arts Degree at The University of Washington
in Seattle. Soon after graduating she accepted a job as an engineering
drafter at Boeing Aircraft in Seattle. Her Assignment was clearing
top secret drawing for air-to-ground missile. Alice worked for
Boeing for less than a year. They offered her an engineering
scholarship but she decided to go back to the art she loved
doing from she was a child.
In 1954, Alice received
her teaching certificate from the University of Washington after
which she taught art at Lewis & Clark from 1955 to 1958.
After studying and traveling
throughout the Near East, France, Switzerland, Italy, Yugoslavia,
Turkey, The Greek Islands, Greece and Lebanon, Asmar set up
studios in California, New Mexico and Oregon. Today, She works
in an 800-square-foot studio that she designed with four skylights
and is located behind her home in Burbank, California.
Combining her inspiration
from nature and with a deep respect for native American culture,
her work evolved into Southwestern themes of Indian Ceremonial
Dance-Dramas, Indian portraits and landscapes.
A master of many media, Asmar is distinguished
for her many techniques which include paintings in Oil, casein
and Acrylic, drawing in ink, pencil and pastel, collage, tapestry,
books, lithography, etching, Engraving on metal on plexiglas,
portraits, murals and banners. Her hand engraving of innovative
designs for dinner and household wares for Nambe Mills in Santa
Fe is recognized internationally.
Alice Asmar's works are in several hundred
public and private collections in the United States and Europe,
including the Smithsonian Institution, Franklin Mint, Portland
Art Museum, Gene Autry Hotel in Palm Springs, Security Pacific
International Bank of New York, The Public Art Museum of Gabrova,
Bulgaria, kaiser-Permanente, and the Dr. Nicholas Townell collection
in Angus, Scotland.
Studied with Edward Melcarth & Archipenko, University of
Work: National Museum of American History Smithsonian Institute,
Washington. Los Angeles City-Scape at sunset (Mural), Commissioned
by Dr. Walter jayasinghe, 66; Painting of doves, Bangs Manufacturing
Exhibitions: Seattle Art Museum. Museum of Science & Industry,
Circle Gallery Ltd, Houston, Abbot Hall Gallery, William Temple
House, Portland Oregon. Nambe Mills, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Sr
Eye Art Gallery, Long Beach. Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge,
California.Sun Cities Art Museum, Arizona. Audubon Art Exhibit,
Portland Oregon.Walt Disney Art Auction Burbank California.