Contemporary artist Aia Bower has come full circle returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area after a decade living and working in France and Italy.
Aia's work goes beyond the visual as she explores the poetry available in luscious oil paints. She draws inspiration from nature, organic feminine lines & curves, and imagery from her experiences living abroad. Each composition suggests an ephemeral and delicate feeling while conveying the celebratory essence of life itself. She creates out of her studio located in the landmark ICB in Sausalito. Her paintings have been shown in numerous juried exhibitions, and her piecess hang in many private collections.
Aia's art expresses mood and emotion where ethereal glistening light and brushstrokes are fluid, spontaneous, and from the heart. The expression of optimism and hope is always present. There is a metaphorical engagement that weaves through her work and invites the viewer in. She is delighted when her imagery connects people, opens dialog, and touches people's hearts or psyches. The ultimate reward is when the viewer is led to feel in the moment, at peace, full of inspiration, or a sense of wonder.
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, a noted Japanese Abstract Expressionist, Aia has moved close to forty times with eight of those on an international level. A lifetime of being uprooted, even when voluntary, and letting go of security blankets — friends, family, home, one's culture and everything familiar — has had a profound effect on her work, and has helped her redefine what home really means. This essence-of-belonging theme shows up often in her nests series. What appears fragile or vulnerable is often strong and stable, yet sometimes must be abandoned or completely rebuilt. The nest theme also conveys a sense of comfort, warmth and welcome that might be lacking in today's unpredictable world.
Inspired by Bonnard, Matisse and Morandi, her paintings convey a sense of ease and peace. Although she does not always know what she will paint on a given day, she knows exactly how she wants it to make her feel: bright, open to possibilities, and alive.
Aia, born and raised in Mill Valley, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and French Language from Mills College in Oakland, CA. She also studied Art History and French Civilization at La Sorbonne Paris IV in Paris. Currently, Aia is immersed in fine arts postgraduate work at College of Marin with esteemed painter and artist Chester Arnold.
Bay Area Women Artists exhibit, Juried by Donna Seager & Suzanne Grey, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA, July - August 2017
RETURNING, Juried by Suzanne of Gray of Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Month, Mill Valley, CA, May 2017
Small Works Show, Graton Gallery, Graton CA, February 2017
Annual Members Show, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, January 2017
Art of the Spirit, O'Hanlon Center for Arts, December 2016
Juried Spring Exhibition, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield CA, April 2016
Sacred Connections Exhibit, College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery, Kentfield CA, June 2016
The Barn Artists Group Exhibit, TREK Winery, Novato, CA, August 2015
Ruby Living Design, Mill Valley Fall Art Walk, Mill Valley, CA, September 2015
Juried Spring Exhibition, College of Marin, Kentfield, CA, April 2015
2014-2017 Post Graduate Coursework in Fine Arts at College of Marin plus new techniques course with local artists
1989 Mills College, Oakland CA - B. A. in Art History and in French Language
1987 La Sorbonne Paris IV, France- Art History and French Civilization