Adria Arch

Moving Pictures

Black Whorl , Acrylic on aluminum panel, 48 x 48 inches, 2015

Black Whorl, Acrylic on aluminum panel, 48 x 48 inches, 2015

Spin Cycle , Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches, 2016

Spin Cycle, Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 60 inches, 2016

Hybrid Paintings


Twist, turn, spin, bend, leap – these words evoke the dance-like movements that inform my work and express my bodily experience of the world. The bold colors and sharply defined edges suggest self-assertion and willfulness. Shadows and overlapping shapes create depth in these invented landscapes where playful characters loom front and center. The organic shapes in my paintings exude a sensuality and playfulness. With an abundance of color and contrast, the unfolding stories refer to creatures navigating their worlds as best they can with humor and perseverance. 

I am always on the lookout for surprising shapes and colors, and prefer to begin with a spontaneous action. For example, many of my pieces start off with a poured pooling of acrylic paint that dries in a shape I could never predict.

My work ranges from small drawings/collages on paper to large scale paintings on canvas and aluminum. Color choice is derived from unexpected combinations that I’ve seen, maybe in travels or daily life, and those remembered from childhood - maroon rotary dial phones, lavender and teal Formica cabinets, black and white checkerboard floors.

My recent work involves installations of "hybrid paintings" on paper comprised of cut out abstract elements inhabiting space. I create points of entry that physically engage and suggest new ways of seeing. Suspended from the ceiling and walls, this work combines the formal concerns of painting while extending into space like sculpture, thus their hybrid nature. This piece questions what makes a painting and how the viewer interacts with it.



Adria Arch is a painter living in Boston, MA. Her work was recently featured in Expanding Abstraction at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA, and recently exhibited in London at Arthouse1 in the fall of 2016. Adria has had solo exhibits at Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, MA, the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, and the Hunt Gallery at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. She has completed site-specific paintings at Lesley University, Stonehill College and the Danforth Museum. She has been awarded art residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sanskriti Foundation in Delhi, and most recently in Auvillar, France through Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.