Wheelhouse: Paintings & Works on Paper

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About the Author

Alan Singer was born into a family of artists and designers in New York City. He is the son of noteworthy wildlife artist Arthur Singer. As a young student, he spent Saturdays at The Art Students League in Manhattan, drawing the figure. Later, he went on to The Cooper Union to earn a BFA. His MFA is from Cornell University where his major interest was in painting. During that time he developed his illustration skills working for publishers. Singer received scholarships to study at Yale University in Norfolk, CT, Boston University at Tanglewood, MA, and at The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine.

Singer went on to post-graduate work in graphic design and was employed by The National Geographic, Random House, Dutton, and the U.S. Postal Service among others. Today, Alan Singer is a Professor in the School of Art at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.

Singer's interests in science and nature frequently influence his artwork. His recent paintings and prints blend measurement and mathematics with color and composition. His artwork has been shown for many years in galleries and museums including The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York.

"Alan Singer is revitalizing that most durable of contemporary modes, abstract painting. In recent years abstraction has been coupled with imagery to make it relevant, but this has often meant the watering down of its power. Singer is prodding abstraction to move once more."

- Contributing Art Critic William Zimmer for The New York Times

"In creating his unique monoprints, Singer exploits mathematical visualization programs to produce imagery that runs the gamut of cosmic considerations bordering on mysticism, unabashed playfulness, and psychological responses to current events. His print work straddles fantastical and tangible worlds. But he still has one foot planted firmly in the analog practice of painting, conjoining different methods of visualizing physical and psychological phenomena."

- by Rebecca Rafferty for Artvoices Magazine

"Welcome to Alan Singer's digital world, where math is made visual and where the potent combination of equations and imagination blurs the boundaries of dimensionality, unhinges point of view, and forces us to use our eyes in new ways. Here, shadows are cast by numbers, and the brightest reflections may be created long after dark at the artist's computer."

- By Anne C. Coon Professor Emeritus in the College of Liberal Arts at Rochester Institute of Technology