Kayla L Prigg

Freak, oil on wood, 11.5 x 9.5 in

Artist Statement

Kayla L Prigg is a fine art painter who grew up in Buffalo New York. She currently works as a hairdresser while moving along to get her masters in art education. Her plan is to continually become better at art while finding new ways to express herself as well as helping the new generations express themselves. A big part of that is to be always open to learning new things and always doing. Right now she mainly works in oils and acrylics but plans to find more and more ways to create amazing artwork.
“When people see my work I hope it evokes emotion and makes them think about the world, about life, and about others.” Most of her work has focused on emotional topics such as family and bullying. “I like to paint about things that are relatable and yet distant.” She also wants to paint about things that might not be thought about often but are extremely important in changing the way we view others and how we view ourselves.
At SUNY Fredonia she had the opportunity to be taught by great teachers who do not just happen to be great artists. Alberto Rey and Raymond Bonilla, both fine arts painters and educators.
She has exhibited work at SUNY Fredonia in 2019 for the WM’s Exhibition in the SUNY Fredonia Mason Music Hall as well as in 2020 for The Show: Visions, at the SUNY Fredonia Williams Center which showcases 2 works, 1 from her series Parts of a Lover and another from Objects of Youth. She also participated in a group show in 2020 at HallWalls Contemporary Art Center for their 46th Annual Members Exhibition in Buffalo NY, showcasing a piece from her series Jewelry of Love. The Buffalo Art Wall is an online gallery where her work is currently showcased as well.
“I have always been very creative, it's in my blood from both sides of my family. My maternal grandmother Phyllis Burgio-Spunt Robinson, I called her Mumma was an Artist. She worked for the Erie County Public Library downtown Buffalo NY for years. She was their main artist. She also had a few gallery shows including at the Adams Art gallery in Dunkirk NY. She mainly used acrylic and oils but used many different mediums throughout her lifetime. I feel that I am greatly influenced by my grandmother, when I was young she was always encouraging me to draw and express myself. Today when I paint I feel like that is her still living, that she is still alive within me. Paternally I have my Grandpa Ken and my dad. Grandpa Ken, Kenneth G. Prigg, was a photographer, he would use Photoshop to touch up the images. Before the computer, he used a dark room. He would put film in a projector and carefully control the lighting over photographic paper to change the exposure as well as using different developmental chemicals to manipulate and create images. My dad worked with graphite and charcoal on paper, he had tremendous detail in his work. And lastly, my brother works digitally in programs like blender to create 3D models.”

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