Roll-offs, rectangles, and reverence by Alyson Khan

Artist Alyson Khan writes about her new routine of climbing into roll-offs to hunt for wood scraps for her assemblage pieces.

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Fall 2011 by Alyson Khan

Here are some of my newest collages incorporating highly textured wallpapers:

Spring 2011 by Alyson Khan

Big Collage Commission by Alyson Khan

[slideshow]Here is a photo of the commission piece I created for a client's office. It will hang above a beautiful couch that is a deep brown with purplish undertones. There are two green-gold accent chairs in the space as well. This piece was based off a mini collage in the previous post. I am really happy with it and now feel confident to continue working larger scale with collage elements.

Santa Fe - 2009 by Alyson Khan

This format of the 4 x 7 inch canvas is very satisfying to work on right now. It is fun and the pieces are affordable. I am loving working with all kinds of papers--wallpaper, foils, book pages, found papers, etc...I have been using more cutting tools besides the scissors. It is challenging to work in the small area...some of these are definitely blueprints for larger works in the future.

Returning to the Windows by Alyson Khan

Aguirre CommissionI have just finished a commission piece--a diptych on two old windows! I haven't worked on the windows for over 2 years, but here I go again. I am totally inspired and getting ready to paint a whole series for a show in the Fall at a location TBA.  I have painted and sold about 200 windows and my style and technique has evolved through this medium over several years. It feels like home. Funny. I had issues with the glass off and on--mainly that it is breakable--but people own glass things and buy stained glass and glass vases and glass birds and whatever--you just have to be careful and cautious when handling glass. The windows I work on are usually very old--50 to 100 years old and they survived weather and wear and living on a home for years and even extraction and transportation to my studio and beyond (Hawaii, DC, Cali...). So it takes a little caution and mindfulness. So what? Anyway, I will post photos of the newest work soon. Here is a flik of a work from a couple years back...

Upcoming Show by Alyson Khan

Visit my websiteThis is one of my newest pieces. I love it. This is the departure from the stillness...there is much more movement going on. I finally stuck to the nearly monochrome colors over the complimentary background. This piece will be in the show I have coming up next month at VAIN Salon. I did some commission pieces for Tina, the owner, three years ago. The salon is so beautiful and inspiring. I am siked to be doing another show there.

I am starting to work bigger and bigger with the collage. The smaller dimensions are feeling too confining. There needs to be more expansiveness. Who knows what is next? I only know it will be larger and incorporate some new materials--maybe contact paper or wallpaper and maybe even a return to glass and light...we will see...

Here is a photo of two of the pieces I created for VAIN Salon in the reception area. They are painted on two big salvaged windows.

My Studio(s) by Alyson Khan

Alyson's StudioThis is a photo taken in my studio. It's at home. It's a home to my little creations. It's small. But I do love it. I have had several studios in Denver. My first studio was in the basement right outside the door of our little apartment in the Hylands neighborhood in North Denver. In 2001,  I moved into my first real studio at The Coop space down by the old Flour Mill that used to be called The Inferno. Grant Williams, Cat Redfern, Eric Pruett were some of my studio mates. A month after I moved into my studio, I found out I was pregnant with my son Dondi. I stayed my whole pregnancy in this studio and moved out about 2 weeks before I gave birth.

My next studio was at the Logan Street Studiosat 19th & Logan, run by Phil Bender. This building used to be an old Catholic High School and the studio spaces were the old classrooms.  I had a huge old classroom on the second floor. Lots of windows and light. This building was torn down in 2003.

 In 2004, I moved back into the Coop space. I stayed for another year. Then in 2005 I moved my studio to my homeAlyson's Studio which is where these photos come from.

Having a studio in my home is convenient since I have 2 small children and can sneak in there when I get a chance. It is amazing what I can pull off in 20 minutes. If you know what you want to do, and the steps to take, you can accomplish a lot in a little bit of time.