|“Jami swimming II” © Adrian Giuliani|
Name: Adrian Giuliani
Bio: Adrian Giuliani always knew she was an artist. Growing up, Adrian was constantly creating artwork. When she was in high school, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to study pastel with Flora Giffuni, founder of the Pastel Society of America. This was Adrian’s true introduction to soft pastels. She loved the immediacy, flexibility, and rich, vibrant colors pastels provided. In 1983, Adrian began her studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she experimented with many different media. She particularly liked figure drawing and discovered her passion for children's pastel portraiture. Ultimately, she chose pastels and charcoal as her favorite media. Upon graduation from RISD in 1987, Adrian entered children’s book publishing at EP Dutton. She also became a freelance illustrator for children’s readers and workbooks. Eventually, in 1992, Adrian became a children’s book illustrator for Houghton-Mifflin.
She has been painting for 20 years and exhibiting her work for the past decade.
Adrian has had her children’s portraits featured in numerous art exhibitions, including shows at the Children’s Specialized Hospital in Mountainside, NJ and the Diversity Art Gallery. She received acclaim for her artwork in the Westfield Art Association 2005 exhibition.
Adrian’s portrait, The Bliss of Childhood, was selected for exhibition in the 34th Annual Open Juried Exhibition for the Pastel Society of America. She also was awarded the PSA Award of Excellence for her pastel, Jami Swimming ll, in the 2007 Pastel Society of New Jersey juried exhibition. Adrian's portrait The Ring Bearer was juried into the October 2011 Pastel Society of New Jersey Exhibition. In January 2012, Adrian’s artwork was awarded Special Recognition in the Light, Space & Time Online Gallery in the Painting Category. Adrian's portrait Brothers was awarded Best in Show in the 2012 Scotch Plains-Fanwood Art Association Members' Exhibition.
Subjects: Portraits of children
Style: Representational, but loose, painterly approach. These portraits are as far from the twee, saccharine figures one sees too often with children’s portraits as it is possible to go. They are lively, expressive, full of joie de vivre.
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