Fishbowl Island – Virginia Hanley

Why did you pick this picture?

I am finalizing a few paintings for an upcoming show and I just finished this one. CCUCU Gallery is hosting an event with a few artists and I will be one of the artists featured in next months show in Merrick Park Coral Gables.

Where did the idea for the art come from?

I am working on a Miami series and this image depicts one of the surrounding islands.  The wealthy fish depicted living in the bowl reflects life living in a privileged limited community.

What does the art mean to you?

The Miami Series speaks to the development of Miami in general. Each area shows how development has changed the face of Miami. Many historic properties are being demolished and the historic quality is lost.

What can you tell us about yourself?

I am a Floridian, I have lived and worked as an artist in Miami for 30 years. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Florida State University and I studied art history in Florence, Italy.

What more can you tell us about your art?

When I first moved down to Miami from North Florida, I joined the South Florida Art Center on Lincoln road.  The local artists brought life back to Lincoln road by hosting gallery events on Fridays. After the Lincoln road restoration, studio space rent became too high, so I moved my studio to the Design District, where again, Art Basel became so huge, our rent went up and artists had to move.  I now work out of my living room studio and love it. I’ve shown my work in galleries and museums and I’m happy painting with or without that participation.

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