Downtown Stroll by Signe & Genna Grushovenko
After weeks of speculation the 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival® is honored to announce husband and wife team Genna and Signe Grushovenko as the 2014 Featured Artists. Their original artwork, Downtown Stroll along with the commemorative poster was revealed at the Des Moines Art Center as part of the Festival’s 2014 Preview Celebration on May 21.
Partners in both life and art, Genna and Signe have been collaborating for nearly fifteen years. Genna begins their process by applying rich layers of pattern and tone to gessoed masonite or linen supports. Signe then selects an inspiration image from their extensive collection of reclaimed vintage photos, draws with oil pastel atop the abstract under-layer using the photo for reference, and completes the image with blocky 'panes' of oil color. The final results of their collaboration are multi-layered paintings with deep surfaces, crisp at first glance but rewarding the careful viewer with an undercurrent of complex tonality and color-play. Their original work, Downtown Stoll is a complex blend of retro imagery with a focus on Des Moines’ iconic State Capitol Building. Genna and Signe reside in Greenville South Carolina.
“Through our collaborative work, Downtown Stroll emerged from our inspiration to incorporate our love for vintage imagery and urban settings with a landmark from the Des Moines skyline.” – Genna Grushovenko
“We are so grateful that our profession affords us the opportunity to travel the country and discover hidden gems like Des Moines. When we were first selected as exhibitors seven years ago we were blown away by the warmth and excitement of the Festival attendees; their love and knowledge of art keep us coming back….plus we love downtown and Fong’s Pizza!” – Signe Grushovenko