Things are looking up for Painter Chrissy Angliker, to say the least. Within the last year, the Brooklyn-based Swiss artist has received numerous accolades about her paintings on influential blogs, in galleries and from big names such as AOL and the Government of Switzerland. It’s a product of her amazing artistic abilities, her hard work and the simple act of displaying her images on the Web, she said.
“I was reluctant for quite some time to put my paintings on the Internet,” Angliker explained. “But when I did, I was very surprised and pleased with the results. Blogs started writing about me and pretty soon I was getting offers for gallery showings and other projects.”
One of those projects was a branding design job offered her by Internet giant AOL. Angliker was selected as one of artists, a collection of 35 designers, illustrators, videographers, painters, filmmakers, photographers and sculptors, assembled by AOL to celebrate its 25th anniversary and to “help, share art and design today,” according to AOL.
“This was a great project and I had an opportunity to meet one of my idols, Painter Chuck Close,” Chrissy said. “To be associated with a big company like AOL is an honor and very flattering.”
In addition, Angliker was recently chosen as one of the top artists of her homeland Switzerland. Her paintings were recognized as part of an annual juried show sponsored by the Government of Switzerland. Chrissy is excited about re-connecting to her Swiss roots after so long in the U.S., she said.
“In the Fall of 2011, my work will be displayed with 20 other various artists from Switzerland. I want to share my paintings with my Swiss friends and associates and this is a wonderful way to do it. Many apply every year to be involved in this project, so I am very enthused to be one of the people who got picked.”
Angliker’s paintings eventually made their way to San Francisco from NYC this summer, at the new Amelia Hyde Gallery, and Nor Cal art enthusiasts are enamored with her work. She hopes to come to the City by the Bay and to possible live there at some point, because she loves the art scene there and the creative energy emanating from the region.
“Yes, I love San Francisco. The hills here remind me of my Switzerland and the people are able to chill more around here as compared to Brooklyn. I hope to get out there sometime in 2011, to display more of my paintings and meet other artists from the Bay Area.”
Chrissy Angliker came to the United States 11 years ago from Switzerland to break out as an artist and fulfill her lifetime dreams. Starting at age four, she started working with stone, clay, and myriad found objects. Beginning in 1996 she was fortunate to study with the Russian artist Juri Borodachev, who became her artistic mentor for several years.
In 1999 at age 16, Chrissy received her parents’ permission to attend the renowned Walnut Hill School in Natick, Massachusetts. She then earned a degree in industrial design at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.
Chrissy has developed an uncanny understanding of three-dimensional design, relationships between objects, and creating character through form. During her studies at Pratt Institute, Chrissy captured many national and international design awards. Chrissy has a highly diverse portfolio that spans the world of design, including furniture, lighting, product design, way-finding, display design and branding in the fields of beauty and health.
Chrissy has been cultivating her own work in fine art and design, which continues to incorporate her political, spiritual and humanitarian perspective. Her work has been published in magazines and books worldwide.
Her official website is http://www.chrissy.ch/.