Partners in both life and art, Signe & Genna have been married since 1999 and collaborating for nearly as long. Based in Greenville South Carolina, they travel around the country, attending fine art festivals and working with galleries based in Michigan, Tennessee and Texas.
Genna begins their creative process by applying rich layers of pattern and tone to gessoed masonite or linen supports. Next, Signe selects an inspiration image from their extensive collection of vintage photographs, mostly dated from the 50s, 60s and 70s, ranging from old family photos to flea market and antique store finds. Using the photo for reference, Signe draws with oil pastel atop the colorful abstract underlayer, and completes the image with blocky ‘panes’ of oil color.
The final results of their collaboration are multi-layered paintings with deep surfaces, crisp at first glance but rewarding the careful viewer with an undercurrent of complex tonality and colorplay.
Featuring non-descript facial features, the characters in the paintings encourage viewers to recall a memory or a particular feeling–creating a connection to the moments captured on canvas.
One particular art viewer commissioned the artists to create paintings based on photos of family reunions to install in his redesigned mid-century modern home, complete with mid-century furniture inherited by his grandmother.
Capturing dynamic moments with family and friends has been at the heart of the Grushovenko’s art work. Their subjects animate recognizable scenes—a day lounging at the pool, a family road trip—with Mid-century Modern styling of bold cut-outs, sharp angles, and distinctive colorful washes. Greater Palm Springs, America’s Mid-century Modern mecca, mirrors the shapes and lifestyle illustrated in the paintings.
Exuding a sense of celebration, their painting “Defying Gravity” was expressly commissioned as the image for the 35th anniversary La Quinta Arts Festival 2017 commemorative poster. The energetic work features three female friends, dressed in bathing suits, holding hands and jumping in the air, expressing joy together. The uplifting spirit honors the thrilling momentum of the La Quinta Arts Festival’s success and community memories throughout the years.
Visit Signe and Genna Grushovenko in Booth #434 at La Quinta Arts Festival and be inspired by their vibrant, retro works, inviting more stories to come alive.