Postcards from a Pandemic Series

Alan Loehle
May 23, 2020

Alan Loehle's consistent and overriding concern as an artist is to address the human condition in work that aims to be both a visual reflection of visceral anxiety and an embrace of beauty and harmony. His intention "to make sense of experience, to capture the bigness of being alive in the world, to somehow tickle the back corners of the viewer's mind and spirit" is the unbroken thread of his body of work. Loehle weaves together disparate images- 1950’s illustrations, chimpanzees, ancient art references, graffiti, cave drawings, dogs, flora and fauna - to create a cacophony of visual representation. Paradoxically, these paintings also include moments of grace and calm as a counterpoint to chaos and warning.


Alan Loehle received an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Arizona in 1979. He has received grants for painting from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, a Fellowship in Painting from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Painting. Loehle lives and works in Atlanta and is Professor of Art and Division Chair at Oglethorpe University. His work is in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art, MOCA GA, the Reading Public Museum, and the Arkansas Arts Center, among others.

"Postcards from a Pandemic" is brought to you by Marcia Wood Gallery in the hopes of keeping people connected to the transformative and hopeful power of art and the importance of artists' work during the Covid19 Pandemic.