Alan Grabelsky received his MFA in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts in 1972. While studying film at CalArts he spent the summers at RISD in printmaking workshops with print artist and photographer Alan Metnick. Following his graduation from CalArts he began a 40-year career in film and television. He worked on films including “Gorky Park” and “Continental Divide”; was Executive in Charge of Production at Vestron Pictures, where he supervised production of “Dirty Dancing”, amongst other films; was Vice President in Charge of Production at HBO where he supervised over 20 films, including the Emmy Award winning “Miss Evers Boys”, and “If These Walls Could Talk”; and finished his career at Discovery where he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Production Management for all fifteen Discovery Communications channels. In 2010 he returned to printmaking, working collaboratively in Baltimore, Maryland, with master printer Brian Garner at the Litho Shop, master printer Leyla Ryzayeva at The Clubhouse Litho Workshop, with internationally acclaimed artist Soledad Salame at Sol Print Studios, and with Kyle Van Horn at the Baltimore Print Studios. In New Brunswick, Canada, he works in Fredericton at his own studio at the Charlotte Street Art Centre, with David Brewer at Rabbit Town Press, and in St. Andrews he’s worked with master printer Robert Van de Peer at the Sunbury Shores Print Studio. Grabelsky's print work employs unique combinations of ink drawings, photography, lithography, wood block, silkscreen and photo etching techniques.
Alan Grabelsky approaches printmaking from two directions, either through a visceral reaction to a found object or photograph, or from original ink drawing made on wet media acetate. Through experimentation, using a variety of multi-layered printing techniques, he searches for ways to get the object, photograph or drawing to reveal its narrative. His work includes explorations of intimacy, aging and disintegration, universal grief, and the startling discovery of elegant gesture in the midst of the most disturbing violence.
Ink and Light on Paper, Charlotte Glencross Gallery, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2017.
Barriga Llena y Corazon Contento, 2400 Boston Street, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2016.
The Art of Printmaking, Gallery 78, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, 2016.
Print Show, Saint John Art Center, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, 2016.
Printmakers Showcase, Sunbury Shores, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, 2015.
Hoi Polloi, Vis Arts Gallery, Rockville, Maryland, USA, 2014.
1972 MFA Film & Video, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California.
1969 BA Psychology, SUNY Buffalo, Buffalo, New York.