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Immerse Yourself in the Colorful Artworks of Andrea Marie Breiling

Gaining creative energy from her travels across the globe, the artist is moving beyond Abstract Expressionism through her love of color and experimentation

Andrea Marie Breiling’s interest in creating colorful artworks goes back a long way. “My earliest memories of painting were as a young girl at my grandmother’s ‘preschool.’ She gave each of us primary colors and we got to use our hands to make other colors, and watch the transformation happen on our skin. It was such a tactile experience, one I will never forget.”

Artist Anne Marie Breiling in her studio with colorful artworks
Andrea Marie Breiling, photographed exclusively for Christie's International Real Estate in her Brooklyn studio, favors large formats. “I lose myself inside the work and from that I lose myself from the outside world,” she says. Image: Laura Barisonzi

Looking at Breiling’s bold, Abstract paintings it’s clear those early days made a lasting impression. “My artworks are about color probably more than anything else,” she confirms. And adds that she prefers larger canvases, saying she finds them “physically rewarding. I lose myself inside the work and from that I lose myself from the outside world.”

Originally working in oils, she has recently begun experimenting with dye and spray paint. “I was interested in finding ways to remove the gesture of the brush, as a way to get around the hang-ups of Abstract Expressionism. I think painting is like any other field—we use the past to continue to grapple with the future,” she says of this evolution. “I believe there are still things to experience and new places we can go pretty much in any realm, even painting.”

Artworks by Anne Marie Breiling
Examples of Breiling’s work include A Mark on the Bus, You Can Hear (La Cienega & Century), 2020 (left) and Roadkill (Only the Boys Know), 2020.

Breiling, born in Phoenix, Arizona, was raised by a single mother, who was not only, “a secretary without a degree, she worked her way up the corporate ladder and is now vice president of a company in Arizona,” but also an inspiring force. “She would stay up many nights cooking and making gifts for clients; she was always creative and imaginative.”

The artist says she uses life events as inspiration and starting points for her pieces. “I like to keep moving. Part of my energy comes from the experience I have with the world. I need to constantly reinvigorate myself.”

Artist Anne Marie Breiling spray painting
Breiling’s experiments with spray paint are aimed at dealing with surface and color in a way that helps viewers to “just enjoy my works rather than think of them as a moment or a recognizable past.”

An itinerant creator, she has spent time in L.A., Mexico City, and Düsseldorf, and is currently based in Brooklyn. Her paintings are often named after “something that happened during the process,” or a lyric of a song she listened to while working. “My artworks are a vessel for a memory or time and place. They are experiences. And I want to remember them in a specific way, much like a journal or a diary.”

When asked what she hopes to communicate with her colorful approach, Breiling is unequivocal, “I hope people look at my artworks and sense freedom. The best painting makes me want more than anything else to go and paint. At some point I hope I can make something that encourages someone to feel like they, too, can paint and communicate their own self and ideas.”

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Banner image: Your Face Is Like That of a God (I Can Smell It When It’s Not Around), 2020 (left) and Love Her Madly, 2020 from Breiling’s recent Big Mood show at the Night Gallery in Los Angeles