Who is behind Alexa Karabin Genuine Artwork?
That would be me, a huge lover of nature, and a master's trained artist who specializes in painting and printmaking. I am a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2009, MFA 2011). I am a former instructor at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. And I currently work full time as a studio artist. I live in Kalamazoo, Michigan and work between Detroit and Chicago. Read more of my Biography and Statement, here.
Is it really One-of-a-Kind?
While other artists sell cheap prints of their work, I offer one-of-a-kind*, original, hand painted pieces. I also make monoprints (one-of-a-kind, hand-pulled prints). It is my mission to make artwork that is collected, so that the value of the artwork goes up over time. Cheap prints end up in the thrift store, or worse, the dump. I don't want that to happen to my artwork!
You will find original, hand painted ink paintings in my gallery. I am also working on a series of watercolor monoprints. This will help keep the art affordable, but still one-of-a-kind.
*Please note that while most of my work is truly one-of-a-kind, I do make the occasional lithograph, etching, and screenprint. These are always from small, limited edition runs and they were all hand-pulled prints, and are labeled as such.
Do you take commissions?
Yes I do! Have an idea? Let me know! I will paint portraits, plants, animals, insects, and landscapes. Please note that commissions usually cost 60-80% more due to the research, prep, and communication involved in the process. I require full payment up front for commissioned work.
What about framing?
These custom, handcrafted frames are neutral, contemporary, and fit in with most decor, both modern and traditional. Maple is also what most contemporary galleries and museums are framing with now.
But Maple Doesn't Work For Me / Custom Framing
I am in the process of offering a small line of different framing options. If you need it now, let me know and I will show you the options. If you have your own framer, I can send the work to you without the frame. Just contact me and let me know which piece.
5''x7'' / ACEO / Small Original Painting / Ready to Frame
If you have one of the above, these come in mats that were cut to a standard size frame. It is my goal to make things as easy and affordable as possible for you.
How was it made?
Ink washes, gilding, painting. Coming soon.
What would you like to know?
Let me know what other questions you have, and I will try to answer them!