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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Dana Grubbe

Visual Artist
Work 400 West Rich Street Studio #154 County: Franklin
Columbus OH 43215 United States
Cell Phone: (614) 203-0078 Website: Dana Grubbe Contemporary Abstracts


Dana Grubbe is a central Ohio artist known for her contemporary abstracts.  She works in oil and cold wax, in repurposed house paint and in encaustic.  Her work can vibrate with color, texture, and metal leaf; but Gwen Fox calls her the “Queen of Neutrals.” Driven by her love of process as much as by her love of color and texture, she is in her studio every day.  Recent series include:  “Memories of India,” “Travels in Ireland,” and “Social Distancing.”  Her work is found in the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is represented by Hayley Gallery in New Albany, and can be seen at Art @ 43023 in Granville as well as at her studio (#154) at 400 West Rich in Columbus, Ohio. Education has always been part of Dana’s process.  She studies with Pamela Caughey, Jerry McLaughlin, and Gwen Fox. Dana continues to paint with friends at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center. Dana teaches art workshops at 400 West Rich.

Artist Statement

Painting, to me, is a conversation. I start multiple paintings at the same time (a social butterfly at a party), working on them one after another, laying down color, texture, and pattern; scraping away, incising, making marks. And then, things become intense (I am fascinated) and I focus on just one painting, one conversation. Sometimes I work until a specific painting is finished but I am more likely to work to a point, set the painting aside for a few days or longer, and then, engage in conversation again. I like to work in series: Social Distancing, Memories of India, Travels in Ireland, Moons of Jupiter. I often use photographic references from my travels but some paintings are inspired by memory and emotion. I’m a big process person. I may make my own encaustic paints, or stencils. I like to mix color and try new techniques. I often “paint” with scrapers, rollers, even my hands, using several colors at the same time. My roots are in printing, which is where I see the first indication of my abstraction. My journey has taken me through encaustic, encaustic monotypes, oil and cold wax and into repurposed house paint, acrylic and metal leaf. Each of these mediums have special qualities that I may reach for as I am creating. I am a later-bloomer. I discovered art first through architecture, museums, and travel. I started art college after retirement. I have always thought education was important and art education is no different. I continue to take classes. In 2019, I started teaching workshops and it turns out, I love teaching too