Alexander Gassel

email: algassel@gmail.com
phone: 781-710-6863



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Summary

Alexander Gassel was born in Moscow, USSR in 1947. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Arts and Graphics in 1970 with an MA in Fine Arts. From 1970 to 1980, he worked at the Grabar Center for the Restoration and Preservation of Art in Moscow, restoring and copying Old Russian icons. Influenced by this experience, the artist began to create his own original paintings – for the most part personal interpretations of Biblical events. At that time, it was absolutely forbidden in the Soviet Union to exhibit contemporary religious paintings. In 1980, Alexander Gassel left the USSR to start a new life in the USA.

Alexander Gassel has been using an ancient technique: egg yolk tempera. He makes his own color pigments by grinding natural stones and minerals, such as malachite, cinnabar, or lapis into powder, which he then mixes with egg yolk. The artist often applies gold or silver leaf on the paintings. Based on traditional Russian artistic values, his new art works often employ a surrealistic combination of details from different civilizations. Old symbols are joined with contemporary subjects, reflecting more and more his new experience of life in America.

Education

1975-1976 Stroganoff Art Graduate School. Department of Art History. Moscow, USSR
1970-1971 Grabar Restoration and Conservation Center of Russia. Moscow, USSR
1965-1970 Institute of Arts and Graphics. Moscow, USSR (Degree: MA)

Paintings In Museums And Public Collections

  • VATICAN COLLECTION Vatican City, Vatican
  • SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER Los Angeles, CA
  • RYAZAN ART MUSEUM Ryazan, Russia
  • KIRILLOV ART MUSEUM Kirillov, Russia
  • JEWISH FEDERATION Marblehead, MA
  • EPISCOPAL DIVINITY SCHOOL Cambridge, MA
  • ST. LEO PARISH Stamford, CT
  • ST. ANDREW CHURCH Marblehead, MA

A large number of paintings, icons, prints and drawings are in public and private collections in the USA, Germany, France, Netherlands, Russia, Israel and other countries.

Major Awards

1990 “Modern Liturgy” Visual Arts Award
1990 Massachusetts Artists Fellowship Program. Painting Award Recipient. Finalist
1989 Curator’s Award. National Competition “In Search of the American Experience”, Museum of National Arts Foundation, New York, NY

 

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