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At an early age, I learned to appreciate the value of simple things in life and to trust that which was familiar. An avid artist even during my youth, my favorite school subjects were art and geometrical drawing. I soon discovered that by studying and copying the masters, I could sharpen my attention to details and teach myself the different technical aspects of painting.  Through the years, however, I began to question the fundamental “truths” about life. I started searching for answers and discovered that there was so much more to our existence than what meets the eye.

My curiosity was stimulated and I began researching mythology, history, psychology, physics and metaphysics and combined these elements in my work. Now, I continue to explore these fields in order to understand the impact of the law of cause and effect and to elevate the human consciousness through symbolic artwork

Since beginning professional oil painting in 1963, I have completed over 300 works. My paintings often display cubistic and surrealistic tendencies, vibrant colors in dynamic combinations, evocative symbolism and thought-provoking imagery. I often employ the pigments of my imagination to reveal a mischievous, humorous side, a dry sarcasm and my love for the unexpected.  

My paintings illustrate the levels from which our thoughts draw their energy and create their consequences and help to explain why the world is our self-portrait. Each work of art is accompanied by an enlightening, descriptive narrative that guides the viewer to discover inherent tools to realize their fullest potential. Through my paintings and research, I envision a blueprint that illustrates the connectivity of all life and creates a model that will awaken the human potential for a conscious evolution. When you look at my artwork, I invite you to explore another realm of possibilities where art is much more than just a painting!

Alfred A. Dolezal      September 16, 1940- October 9, 2023

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I am a symbolistic oil painter.  My works are inspired by the everyday challenges we encounter and by the inherent tools we all possess to manage them.  Exploring enlightening topics metaphorically placed in familiar surroundings yet in unusual context, I question our perception of reality.  Although sometimes whimsical, the metaphysical themes of my paintings are also thought-provoking. Imaginative symbols highlight my interest in the law of attraction and the connectivity of life and invite the viewer to re-examine their meaning of life.  I love rich color and its influence on our thoughts and emotions. 

My early years growing up in the deep South were a contrast to those later decades living and traveling in Europe. These experiences helped me to understand and appreciate the diversity in life, a recurring theme in my paintings.  Since 1993, I moved through different positions in the art world, from the administration of a successful artist cooperative in Virginia to becoming manager and owner of a gallery that flourished in Oregon.   I was honored to be both business partner and wife to renowned Austrian artist, Alfred A. Dolezal until his passing in 2023.  His artistic technique, color palette and evocative symbolism greatly influenced my work and I learned much in our 48-year relationship.  As with his work, every painting of mine tells its unique story and Alfred and I are figuratively represented in each.  The most challenging aspect for me in creating this style of art lies in finding impactful symbols that not only fit in the composition, but also support the painting’s message in an insightful and inspirational way.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge once said, “An idea, in the highest sense of that word, cannot be conveyed but by a symbol.”  Every blank canvas offers the opportunity to delve into the unknown and bring it to life.  We are all students molding our identity in a vibrant world.

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