Gigi Liverant: Incandescence

September 17 – November 12

Incandescence: the quality or state of being glowing or luminous; marked by brilliance especially of expression; characterized by glowing zeal. That’s how Webster’s defines incandescence. ALVA Gallery simply uses two words: Gigi Liverant, and is pleased to announce a new exhibition.

Gigi Horr Liverant has painted in oils and pastels for more than twenty-five years in an ongoing exploration of the dramatic effects of both natural and artificial light. Her early work investigated color-drenched still life subjects, later evolving into mysterious and mystical images that explored the phenomena of nocturnal illumination. Recent work has expanded both palette and subject matter to celebrate the chroma of morning and afternoon light. Liverant’s subjects are selected for their design elements and relationship to their environment, while color choices reveal her emotional response to the subject. In addition to the pastels for which she is so well known, Gigi Liverant has developed her unique imagery in large-scale oil paintings. Her work is recognized for its emphasis on luminous color, spontaneous surface texture and notable composition.

Liverant attended Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including First Prize Connecticut Women Artists, Best in Show Connecticut Pastel Society, and the Diane Bernhardt Gold Medal Award at the PSA Annual Exhibition in 2000. She is a Pastel Society of America Master Panelist and a Signature Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society. Liverant has also been awarded important national and regional commissions including the Cow Parades in both New York and West Hartford, the Whale Trail in Southeastern Connecticut and Rhode Island and murals at multiple locations of the Connecticut Savings Bank. She is much sought after teacher and lecturer in the Southeastern Connecticut area.

Liverant’s work is included in important public and private collections including Lyman Allyn Art Museum, Connecticut College, Three Rivers Community College, and New Haven Paint and Clay Club. Gigi Liverant lives and works in Colchester, Connecticut.

Skiff Avenue, Night, pastel on board, 32″ x 40″

Heading West, Afternoon, pastel on board, 32″ x 40″


Route 2, March, oil stick on board, 10″ x 20″

 Beach Road, Afternoon, pastel on board, 20″ x 40″

Cedars with Barn, pastel on board, 24″ x 36″

 Vineyard Harbor, pastel, 22″ x 30″, 2002

Quitsa Pond Light, pastel, 18″ x 36″, 2004

Route 16, Evening, pastel on board, 40″ x 32″

Road Sign, Morning, pastel, 13″ x 30″, 2005

Stonewall in Morning, pastel, 13″ x 19″, 2004

Fairway, oil stick, 34″ x 48″, 2005

 Hydrant, pastel, 18″ x 24″, 2005

Suburb, pastel, 6″ x 24″, 2005

Center Street, oil stick, 18″ x 24″, 2005

Suburban Streetlight, oil stick, 36″ x 48″, 2005