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Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

Medium: Performing Arts, Mixed Media, Painting / Drawing

Description:  Abstract art, texture intricate lines, energized vibrant colors defining space

Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti

Medium: Performing Arts, Mixed Media, Painting / Drawing

Description:  Abstract art, texture intricate lines, energized vibrant colors defining space


Bird Man - Sakura Gelly roll pen
9x12" on Coal Black Paper
Original $360 (no prints)



Adaez Queen Warrior
11x14" Colored pencils, pens
Mixed Media $275 (no prints)



Sea Worms, Color pens and pencils
9x12" on sketch paper
Original $300 print $50



Bandit 9x12"
Oil based paint pen, pastel pencils, Sakura Gelly roll pen
Original $240 (no prints)


Mixed media artwork created with colored pens, pencils, black ink, combination of materials and tools
Living History Actor/Performance & Interpretive reading (see below for videos and more information)

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Ife (Love) and  Ime (Patience)
twin celebration 17x14"
Colored pencil & pens $175

Survival Fantasy 8x10"
Colored pens, pencils
on cream paper Mixed Media $360

Aarifa's Celebrated Head Wrap
17x14" Colored Pencils & Pens,
water based brushes Mixed Media $150

Original artwork available for purchase! (Prints available where noted)
Contact artist at Email: Arts75@quezaire-presutti.org  -  Telephone: 860-212-6129
To see more artwork, visit: www.Facebook.com/QuezaireArts74

Amina Queen of Zazzay
11x14" Colored pencils,
pens Mixed Media $275
 
Adaego 11x14"
Colored pencils, pens
Mixed Media $175
 

When I was a child, I drew in the gangway using a stick and chalk. I took my grandmother’s assortment of dried beans created mosaics on cardboard. In Milwaukee WI, I loved my four years of art class at St. Joan Antida. At the University of Milwaukee, I did very well. However, I retired after 30 years at the Dept. of Social Welfare. I treated Intake co-workers with my drawings. I moved to Connecticut with my husband John Presutti. 

I call my drawings Blind Line Drawing (not blind Contour). I close my eyes. Holding a pencil with a continuous line traverses the paper. My internal talk signals a stop. I open my eyes mediate on the lines drawn. I transfer my imagination to the paper and fill in the positive space with a variety of strokes creating a range of texture. Drawing with my eyes closed, I have control of my composition. I have placed my imagination on the paper. I use coloured pencils, water and oil-based paint pens, ink, and markers. I taught myself the skills to navigate my technique.

I started drawing African Antiquity Masks in 2021. I taught myself the skills of layering, and three-dimensional drawing. The artistry is expressive and multifaceted. I see my work as a form of communication between people. I can translate my experiences, giving a window into my culture. Including historical background on works of art. Like the lost truism that Picasso and other European modernists were profoundly influenced by African mask.

Grandma's Hands Two Collage 20x16"
Colored pens,  pencils, handmade paper NFS

Grandmas Hands Collage 16x12" 
Colored pens Mixed Media $200


After 28 years in Social Welfare helping others, I retired reinventing myself as a Living History Actor. In 2017, I resumed my love of drawing after 40 years, to relax between performances on the road. With Covid-19, all performances were cancelled in 2020.I never imaged that a pandemic would bring me back to drawing. I posted work on Facebook for my family and friends. They loved it; it was encouraging. I submitted work to Art Prof Deepti Menon. Her critique validated my work. I am again that little girl with her stick, chalk and beans creating from my imagination. I am influenced by the nature around me and my genetic background, as well as the works of Jacob Lawrence, Shinique Smith, Odili Donald Odita, Georgia O’Keefe, and Vasily Kandinsky.

Making of America Collage 20x16"
Colored pens, pencils, markers, stamps
Mixed Media $100

Intellectual Wealth Past & Present
Collage 20x16"
Mixed Media $75


Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti is also a Living History Actor,
Performance and Interpretive reading artist.

 

Her portrayal of historical women introduces untapped American History, drawing on a wide array of primary historical resources. For the past 22 years Gwendolyn has engaged audiences giving voice to real life accounts, struggles, self-determination and triumphs of women she portrays. Each performance is infused with her unique fingerprint giving an integral portrait of a historical woman or event.
 


 

 

Artwork and Prints available for purchase!
Contact artist at Email: Arts75@quezaire-presutti.org  -  Telephone: 860-212-6129
To see more artwork, visit: www.Facebook.com/QuezaireArts74

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Website: www.Facebook.com/QuezaireArts74

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