With a BFA from The Columbus College of Art & Design, I have practiced my trade for over 20 years as a commercial artist & illustrator while doing business as Studio 49 . My love for painting & collage, along with personal events in my life, finally lead me to begin "The Joan Series" in 2001. "The Joan Series" is an on going body of work, expressing a woman's desire to act out her fantasies using her inner strength which is depicted as a box of "Arm & Finger Bitching Soda". Joan has recently discovered her vices, "Joan's Preservatives", to help her cope with her struggles as she begins to face the old baggage in order to move forward in her search to find herself. With my appreciation for vintage advertising, I've created each piece as an old advertisement, with Joan being represented as a 1960's housewife, appearing innocent and sweet with her fake smile, but when examined more closely you will find the whimsical to be more wicked than that.
Biography: Cyndi Bellerose-McAfee graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1985 with a BFA in Illustration. Her work has been exhibited in Columbus, Ohio at Waldo’s on High, Sean-Christopher Gallery and the Ohio Art League. Work has also been exhibited in New York at A.I.R. Gallery and the New York Society of Illustrators. Ms. Bellerose-McAfee founded Studio 49 Design Studio in 1987 and co-founded Studio 49 Atmosphere Design with husband Lou McAfee in 2004. The artist has been a part-time elementary art teacher since 2001 and has instructed many art workshops for participants of all ages for over 10 years. Although Studio 49 and teaching keeps her busy, she follows her true passion; painting. In 2002, Ms. Bellerose-McAfee began her on-going body of work, “The Joan Series”. Inspired by the sorrow and anger following a failed marriage, paintings of “Joan” emerged as vintage advertisements, expressing the frustrations and fantasies of an abused woman in a wicked yet whimsical style.
Country: United States
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