My abstract acrylic paintings are all about vibrant color and intricate layers. I use intersecting lines, circles, and other repeated shapes and marks to divide space and build composition. I favor transparent pigments over opaque ones, allowing thin, crisp films of paint to build unexpectedly complex colors where they cross - colors not mixed on my palette. These subtle veils are backlit by the pure white surface. Clean, open spaces form pathways and highlight luscious pools of paint.
The long, exacting lines of the Color Strand series tangle in diagonals that echo the hectic pace of our busy lives. These rich, mysterious intersections mirror the sweet spots in life. It’s a very precise chaos.
Overlapping, organic contours in my Floating Forms paintings evoke the olives, grapes, wine bottles & barrels so prevalent in Italy. Applying paint with rubber brayers gives it a faceted, jewel-like quality, and the shapes float almost beyond the edge of these panels, unconfined by conventional mat & frame.
Grids have reappeared in my Openings series, with a delicate, time-worn patina created using a gelatin plate and dozens of layers of acrylic paint. The effect is reminiscent of old windows and ancient buildings.
A native of Northern Virginia with an engineering background, Andrea Cybyk worked in the software industry for 15 years, studied painting and printmaking along the way, and finally abandoned the techie world to paint full-time. Raised in the contemporary home that her parents designed and built themselves, she comes from a family of technical creatives and fiercely stubborn DIYers.
Andrea has exhibited at BlackRock Arts Center, The Cooley Gallery, Chasen Galleries, ArtSpace Herndon, The Art League Gallery, HNTB Architecture and the Workhouse Arts Center. Her work has been in countless juried and group shows. She has won multiple honors including two purchase awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and, most recently, the Gallery Director’s Award at the Art League Gallery. Andrea runs an exhibit program for 868 Estate Vineyards in Loudoun County, and she is currently an Artist-In-Residence at Palette 22 Restaurant in Arlington, VA.
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"Happy In Your Presence", acrylic
"Color Strands", acrylic