The Stories Behind The Art – Alexandra Gasbarrino

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright


“I tend to take some time before I give a title to a painting, but this one just screamed at me the second it was finished to be named after William Blake’s poem. I wanted to explore dualities in this piece – the colors exploding from the black in a frenetic and organic manner, in contrast with the straight, structured black lines dotted throughout. It made me think of Blake’s desire to examine the aesthetics of beauty against the primal and wild nature of a creature like the tiger. It made me want to play with those ideas in relation to the complexities of human nature in a way that was visually bold and arresting to the viewer. If one can’t make art contemplative, especially abstract art, then I think something is missing, so I’ve tried to demand this introspective behavior of anyone who sees this piece.”  (To complete your purchase of ‘Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright’click here.)

I Am No Bird


“I am a huge classic-lit fan, so from time to time I revert to favorite quotes or titles to name some of my paintings. This is no exception, as the title is from a line in Charlotte Brontë’s  Jane Eyre. The quote goes “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.” I find this line to be profoundly moving, as it makes one consider what it means to be free, to be able to make choices for oneself, and how we as humans tend to take those things for granted. This painting for me was about that freedom, as the colors and movement of the paint and catalyst wedge strokes spoke to me in a way that shouted joy, spontaneity, and liberation. I think creating a work of art that can evoke those feelings in someone is important, and can only hope that I was successful here.”  (To complete your purchase of ‘I Am No Bird’click here.)




“When I was 15, I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. There was a time when I wasn’t sure if I would be able to paint again since the arthritis is in my hands. This painting is therefore very personal for me, because it is named after the medication that I took for the first 10 years of my diagnosis. It was a very potent and toxic drug that, while harmful to my lungs and liver, enabled me to continue to be able to create. I ended up tolerating it wonderfully, and so in a way this painting pays homage to the paradox of taking the good with the bad, and everything in-between; using white, black, and grey as the major color palette, with those little strands of gold to highlight the positives that have grown out of my experience.”  (To complete your purchase of ‘MTX’, click here.)