About

Andrea Bijou

Bio

Andrea Bijou is an American artist who is well-known for her large mixed media abstract florals and landscapes. She formerly studied with master oil realist painters as a pupil in Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, and Seattle. She currently works out of her Seattle studio in Washington state. Her artwork has been featured in Spirituality & Health magazine, Seattle Bride magazine, Seattle Magazine, and will be in the upcoming Fall 2020 arts preview for House & Garden magazine.


Artist Statement

Water is a common element in my work, regardless of medium. I am attracted to water because of its fluidity and flexibility. When you touch it, it absorbs into you. When you cry, water pours out of you. When you float, water holds you. Water is the single common element we all share and I am very interested in what unites people.

My work is very emotive and is a reflection of my own healing from childhood abuse. You will feel something when you look into each piece—that said, what you feel is dependent on your own complicated history. I create my work in my quiet moments of contemplation to capture the transient nature of my emotions. When I look at the finished results, that moment I was in feels preserved.

Andrea’s Inspiration

Love, my travels, and the books I read. I lived in Puerto Rico for some time and visit every year because my husband is from there. The beaches, art, architecture, and people are some of the most vibrant I have witnessed. I also consider myself a devotee of Eastern philosophy and psychology. I am studying for my master's in counseling, so my interest in mental health and philosophy heavily influences my work.


CV


Andrea Bijou (b.1979, US)
 

Education

Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Music, 2001

Galleries and Events

2020      On the other side, West Elm, Solo Exhibition, September, Bellevue, WA
2019      Mixed Abstract, Carpe Diem Collective, Solo Exhibition, September, Seattle, WA
2019      Flow, Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services Hope and Justice Gala, Donation, November, Seattle, WA
2019      Flowers will Rise, Studio 314 Gallery, Group Exhibition, April, Seattle, WA
2019      Flowers will Rise, Party with a Purpose, A Benefit for Domestic Violence, March, Seattle, WA
2018      Sacred Puerto Rico, Fremont Space Building, Group Exhibition, Summer 2018, Seattle, WA
2017      Sacred Puerto Rico, Greenwood Artwalk Group Exhibition, November, Seattle, WA
2017      Cats of Old San Juan, The Old San Juan Art Gallery, Group Exhibition, May-September, San Juan, PR
2016      Pencilstrator, Venice Art Block, Group Exhibition, One Day Event, Venice, CA
2014      Lines and Waters, Revolutions Gallery, Solo Exhibition, August, Seattle, WA
2010      Bijoudally Leather Jewelry Collection, Anne Bocci Gallery, OR
2010      Bijoudally Leather Jewelry Collection, C’est La Vie, WA
2010      Bijoudally Leather Jewelry Collection, The Edgewater Hotel, WA
2010      Bijoudally Leather Jewelry Collection, The Art Study Gallery, WA
2010      Bijoudally Leather Jewelry Collection, Whatcom Museum, WA
2010      Bijoudally Leather Jewelry Collection, Artists Among Us Fashion Show, WA

Residency and Mentorships

2017      Abstract and Traditional Realism Mentorship, Patrick Howe Artist, Seattle, WA
2017     San Juan Plein Air Member, Puerto Rico Plein Air Collective, San Juan, PR
2016     Studio Resident, Santa Monica Art Studios, Los Angeles, CA

Awards

2017     Most Innovative Award, Greenwood Group Show, Peer Nominated, Seattle, WA

Press

Salzberg, Sharon: “Mindfulness in Difficult Times”, Spirituality & Health Magazine, May/June 2020, p. 36

Quibell, Debra Anne: “Get Unstuck”, Spirituality & Health Magazine, November/December 2019, p. 28

Bradley, Susannah: “Pack it up: 10 Honeymoon Essentials”, Seattle Bride, Spring/Summer 2019, p. 49

Staff Writer: “Style Guide”, Seattle Magazine, Fall Arts Preview, September 2010, p. 55-56

Vitt, Karen: “Sex and the Rose City inspired fashion finds”, The Neat Sheet, Neat TREND, May 2010

Cassidy, Laura: “Cut It Out”, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Style Blog, September 2009

Brownrigg, Alison: “Bijoudally leather jewelry is a chic, budget-friendly indulgence”, Seattle Times, Daily Finds, October 2009