Arabella Proffer - "Violanté, Duchess of Mollawray”
Artist: Arabella Proffer
Title: Violanté, Duchess of Mollawray
Medium: Oil on Panel
Dimensions: 8” x 10”
”After the sudden death of her husband Henri the 2nd Duke of Mollowray in a hunting accident, she went into a lifetime of mourning. She stopped dying her hair and powdered her face a ghostly white to show that she herself was now living-dead. Little did she know this would spark a fashion trend; women stopped dying their hair for nearly forty years.”
Bio: Arabella Proffer is an artist, author, and co-founder of the indie label Elephant Stone Records. Her loose narrative themes revolve around a fascination with punk rock, aristocrats, fashion, the history of medicine, and biomorphic organisms. She delves into the her practice of oil painting tying together its relationships to anatomy, biology and emerging sciences.
She attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA before receiving her BFA from California Institute of the Arts where she studied under artists such as John Mandel, Derek Boshier, Jim Shaw, and Susan Pitt. Arabella’s work is in over 60 private collections, and she participates in solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.
Her book The National Portrait Gallery of Kessa: The Art of ArabellaProffer was published in 2011 by Cooperative Press. She was awarded an Ohio Arts Council grant in 2016, and an Akron Soul Train Fellowship in 2018. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Plain Dealer, GOOD Magazine, Hi-Fructose, Juxtapoz, The Harvard Gazette, Scene Magazine, Snob, Hektoen International Medical Journal, Creative Minds in Medicine, and more.
Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and bred in Southern California, she and her husband live on the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio.