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Drew Etienne
Bloomington, Indiana

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There is something equally intriguing and frustrating about peering into spaces that you cannot physically reach. It triggers something in our innate human desire for exploration, and it's one of my favorite parts about creating two-dimensional art. In creating spaces for the viewer to investigate, I tend to set up a specific system of rules and then follow, bend, and break these rules, resulting in both complete and partial illusions existing in the same space. Within these spaces I'm generally interested in creating imagery that is foreign and unrelatable, to see how it's interpreted on its own and also within the context of more familiar environments. It's also important to me to maintain a state of ambiguity in my work, even if I start to discover a subject for myself. I want to allow an appropriate latitude for multiple and mutable interpretations. Even so, I inevitably use my paintings to explore my own fascinations and fears of our exponential advancement of technology, the changing landscape of the physical world around us, and our tenuous understanding of our relationship with the cosmos at large.





born: 1984, Indianapolis, Indiana



Indiana University, BFA, 2009


selected awards/honors

ndividual Artist Grant, Indiana Arts Commission, 2014
Harry Engel Painting Scholarship, Indiana University, 2009
Drawing & Painting Area Award, Indiana University, 2008


selected publications

Manifest International Painting Annual; Volume 4. Cincinnati, OH: Manifest Press p. 71, 2014
Studio Visit Magazine; Volume 16. Boston, MA: Open Studios Press p. 56, 2011
Canvas Creative Arts Magazine; Volume 12, Issue 2. Bloomington, IN: Indiana Memorial Union Board p. 75, 2009


selected solo or two-person exhibits

The Vault: Mountain Quest, Bloomington, IN, 2016
The Artifex Guild: Abstructions, Bloomington, IN, 2015
Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery: World 2, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center: Order, Chaos, and the Cosmos, Bloomington, IN, 2013


selected group shows

Harrison Gallery: Black Tie, Indianapolis, IN, 2015
Low Road Gallery: Chaotic Order, Greencastle, IN, 2013
Gigantic Gallery: Carte de Visite Part Deux, Portland, OR, 2013
Slocumb Galleries: The Day on Fire: Apocalypse in Contemporary Art, Johnson City, TN, 2012



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