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The Gallery of Constance Bigony

About Me

After teaching visual art in Boston, MA for 20 years, I left my job to pursue my own art. I have since found great joy and fulfillment.

I live in Jamaica Plain, MA, a thriving arts community surrounded by the Emerald Necklace, Frederick Law Olmstead’s beautifully designed parks and green spaces. These surroundings provide me with constant inspiration. I also spend summers in Truro, MA, which is another source of creative imagery for me.

Since I finally have the time to devote my energies to creating art, I am rediscovering my inner artistic wellspring. My hope is that my work brings joy, humor, and solace to the viewer.

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Artist Statement

My art informs my life and my identity and also fuels and satisfies my inner longings. Aside from these, my visual images are reflective of themes that have captured my imagination and spiritual vision.

My impulse to make art is primal, and this results in sometimes unexpected work. This aspect of “not knowing” adds an element of excitement and allure.

My interior and exterior landscape is transmuted into a personal narrative that is painted, sculpted, and collaged. I desire to create art from the found materials around me—discarded items that contain creative potential.

Much of my artistic inspiration is based on my love of outsider art or naïve art. I have an affinity for this raw, childlike, and heartfelt sensibility. Additionally, I enjoy working directly from the landscape and
making portraits.

The improvisational nature of jazz music, of which I am a major fan, contributes a rhythmic sensibility to my work. The music also inspires me with lyrics that stimulate my imagination.

Within the last few years, I have discovered the encaustic medium, which is an ancient process that fuses wax pigments, resin, and beeswax. My most recent images reveal my work with the wax.

This engrossing and sensuous medium allows me tremendous creative freedom. It also gives me a powerful means of tying all of my disparate creative threads into a meaningful whole. Encaustic painting continues to be transformative and healing to my soul.

Organizations & Affiliations

  • Concord Center for the Visual Arts

  • Galatea Fine Art

  • Jamaica Plain Artists Association

Education

Education

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, Art Teacher Certification (K-12), 1991.

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA, BFA, Painting, 1990.

  • University of California, Santa Barbara and University of California, Irvine, CA, BA Program, Fine Arts, 1970 – 1972.

  • Long Beach City College, Long Beach, CA, AA degree, Fine Arts, 1970.

Exhibitions and Awards

  • Milton Center For The Arts, "The Eye Sees & The Mind Wonder" Group Show, August-September 2019

  • Boston, MA, Galatea Fine Art, “Unknown Terrain,” Two-Person Show, May 2018.

  • J.P. Licks, “Monhegan Five,” Jamaica Plain, MA, November 2017 – February 2018.

  • Galatea Fine Art, “Fast Forward,” Group Show, Boston, MA, December 2017.

  • Harriet Tubman House, “Violence Transformed,” Group Show, Boston, MA, January 2017.

  • Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Members Group Show, Concord, MA, September 2016.

  • Galatea Fine Art, “Fauvistly Speaking,” Duo Show, Boston, MA, February 2016.

  • Roslindale Open Studios, “Layer by Layer,” Pop-Up Gallery, Roslindale, MA, November 2015.

  • Dorchester Open Studios, Dorchester, MA, October 2015.

  • Chandler Gallery, “Wax and Paper,” Mass Wax Group Show, Cambridge, MA, June – July 2015.

  • The Morini Gallery, “Boffo,” Mass Wax Group Show, Mansfield, MA, February 2015.

  • Uforge Gallery, “Juror’s Choice,” Group Show, Jamaica Plain, MA, August 2014, 2015.

  • Highfield Hall & Gardens, Mass Wax Group Show, Falmouth, MA, Summer 2014.

  • Harvest Co-op Markets, Solo Show, Jamaica Plain, MA, March 2014.

  • Uforge Gallery, Group Show, Jamaica Plain, MA, January 2014.

  • Athan’s European Bakery, “One X One: A Tribute to the Human Spirit,” Group Show, Brookline, MA, October – January 2014.

  • Voltage Coffee & Art, Mass Wax Group Show, Cambridge, MA, August 2013.

  • Hyde Park Art Association, Mass Art Alumni Show, Boston, MA, November 2012.

  • Kobalt Gallery, Encaustic Group Show, Provincetown, MA,
    June 2011.

  • Boston Arts Academy, After-Hours Art Teacher’s Show, Boston, MA, March 2011.

  • Galatea Fine Art, Collective, Group Show, Boston, MA, August 2010.

  • Boston Arts Academy and National Artist Teacher Fellowship (Formerly Surdna Arts Teacher Fellowship), “Teachers as Artists,” Boston, MA, 2009 – 2010.

  • The Alchemist, 5 x 7 Art Group Exhibition, Jamaica Plain, MA,
    2007 – 2008.

  • The Footlight Club, Group Exhibitions, Jamaica Plain, MA,
    2007 – 2014.

  • J.P. Licks, Group Exhibition, Jamaica Plain, MA, 2007 – 2014.

  • Fiore’s Bakery, Exhibition, Jamaica Plain, MA, Summers 2006 – 2007.

  • Loring-Greenough House, Art Auction, Jamaica Plain, MA,
    April 2006.

  • Red Wing Gallery, Group Show, Yarmouth Port, MA, Summer 2002.

  • Via Gallery, The Nude Show, Boston, MA, Spring 2001.

  • University of Massachusetts Boston, “Awake,” Buddhist-Inspired Show, Boston, MA, Spring 2000.

  • The Piano Factory, Group Exhibition, “Prayers, Dreams and Revelations,” Boston,MA, 1999.

  • The Piano Factory, Group Exhibition, Spitfire Debut, Boston,
    MA, 1998.

  • Jamaica Plain Open Studios, Jamaica Plain, MA, September
    1998 – 2017.

  • Rollins Griffith Teacher Center of Boston, Boston, MA, 1997.

  • The Distillery, Group Exhibition, South Boston, MA, 1996 – 1997.

  • National Endowment for the Arts Educational Fellowship, Washington, D.C., 1996.

  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Group Shows, Boston, MA, 1987 – 1991.

  • For 20 years, I taught visual art to students in Boston (K-12). Additionally, I taught college students at Mass Art & The Art Institute.

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