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Violet Aveline
Banshee Hag
Art Downtown February 2013

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On view at the Downtown café February 1st – March 3rd, 2013

For her third solo exhibition at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Violet Aveline has created an eerie world filled with tales of American folklore and horror stories. Inspired by the chilling words of Mark Twain and John Steinbeck among others, each of her new paintings was created from a phrase that stuck in her mind and that she could only let go after twisting it into a new story. Visually influenced by Raymond Pettibon, Neo Rauch, Fort Thunder, but also by old state park posters and the world of Sammy Terry, Aveline keeps horror and Halloween close like a friend. And free to be a Banshee Hag, she can then dance freely into the night.

A graduate of Indianaʼs Herron School of Art and Design, Violet Aveline lives and works in Portland, OR. A fervent advocate of printmaking and independent arts groups, Aveline was a member of the art gallery and studio Ghastly Cave in Indianapolis, IN where she met frequent collaborator Mike Little. The pair moved on to The Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan where they helped install a large format screen-printing studio and assisted artist Elliott Earls. In Portland since 2007, Aveline is the co-founder of Pow Wow Print, an independent art, design, and printing studio. Her work was previously shown at Reunion, Wurst Bar, and both the Division and Downtown Stumptown locations. She performs with the band Lick.