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New Canaan Library

Animal Nature


Artwork by Alissa Siegal. On display April 10, 2018 – May 2, 2018.


My art is contemporary and expressive with classical roots. I am constantly experimenting and evolving my style and subject matter- everything in my life shows up in my work. Creating something that has energy, life, and motion with inert materials is the driving force behind my art. Every time I pick up a piece of charcoal and begin to sketch, I am pouring myself into the thing I am rendering. Charcoal lines are a record of intense scrutiny and discovery, and flow directly from my brain to the surface. The application of color is looser and more intuitive. In this way, thought and instinct each bring something to the image. Through my work I hope to express some of the complexity, joy, fear and wonder of being human.


From the quiet majesty of grazing bison to the palpable energy of pouncing tigers, the beauty, ferocity and innate intelligence of the animal kingdom is beautifully explored and reflected in Alissa Siegal's stunning, color saturated exhibition, "Animal Nature."

Through mixed media and a range of styles, Animal Nature resonates with the many faces and personalities of the animal world. Some of Siegal's pieces are informed with an abstract, ethereal mood, while others punctuate the exhibition with defined, bristling brush strokes and  sharper edges, echoing the wild nature that lies within each creature, appealing as it may be.


Alissa Siegal has been a full time artist since 1986, when she received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. She spent several years painting and travelling, then returned to Manhattan to earn an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. She opened a gallery with artist friends on New York’s lower East Side, and another in St. John, VI. Her work has been widely exhibited across the US and I taly, and is held in many private and corporate collections.

After several years travelling across the US and Europe, drawing, painting, showing art and executing commissions, she now lives in Connecticut, creating work in her studio, and collaborating with clients on commissioned art. Her art is on traffic signal boxes throughout the city of Stamford and has been exhibited in local businesses, government offices, health care centers, The Palace Theater, and ArtWalk events. She is a past president of the Loft Artists Association and an artist associate at the Katonah Museum of Art, and is a teaching artist with the Aldrich Museum of Art in Ridgefield. Her paintings are in the permanent collections of Stamford Hospital, Yale New Haven Hospital’s Park Avenue Medical Center, Sacred Heart University’s Center for Health Care Education, and appear in the movies “The Bounty Hunter” with Jennifer Aniston, and “Something Borrowed” with Ginnifer Goodwin. Her work can be seen online at, Saatchi Art and Xanadu Gallery.

Animal Nature