daVinci Study, III
Mixed Media
8.25" x 6.25"


A tribute to Leonardo daVinci by Chicago artist

Grace Cole

On display at:

Apollo Theatre

2540 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL

Artists Reception:   Friday, January 31, 2003

There is no charge for viewing the artwork.

Viewing hours are Tues - Sat (10 am - showtime) Sun (12 noon - showtime)

On exhibit through March 3, 2003 

This art exhibition is in complement to

Apollo Theatre's production of The Vagina Monologues.


daVinci Study, I

Mixed Media
8.25" x 6.25"

Grace Cole has studied under and apprenticed under many artists and at the École Albert du Fois in Vihiers, France and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As an instructor, she has taught at Prairie State College, Ateliers Sans Frontieres in Anjou, France, and currently teaches at her own studio in the Fine Arts Building in Chicago.

daVinci Study, II
Mixed Media
8.25" x 6.25"

This exhibition features Cole's mixed media work incorporating classical images found in daVinci's paintings. Grace remarks, "As a realist artist, I have always admired Leonardo daVinci's works and made a point of seeing his actual creations whenever possible. I was intrigued by his genius and his fascination with learning and, the more I read, the more I wanted to capture the feeling of creativity in my own works. As a tribute to his extraordinary contributions to art and science, I thought it fitting to engage in a concentrated study of his life and achievements and create a body of art inspired by his works. Working in two-dimensional paintings and drawings, as well as three-dimensional mixed media, I generated pieces based on themes found throughout daVinci's work."

Carbon Pencil on Rag Paper
16" x 20"

Trained in the classical tradition, Cole's portraits echo Rembrandt, Vermeer, Velazquez, and other artists whose work has inspired Cole throughout her career. Most of the portraits she has created were commissioned by businesses, organizations, religious and academic institutions, and individuals. Cole has, however, created portraits on her own, experimenting with various techniques and exploring one of the subject matters she finds most interesting: the figure.

In addition to working in oils, Cole uses charcoal, graphite, and mixed media to depict the figure in a variety of ways, including head studies, as well as half-, three-quarter-, and full-figure studies. She also creates portraits with more than one figure.

Cole's portraits have been acclaimed for her draftsmanship and smooth surface quality, as well as for her ability to capture the inner spirit of a person.

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