In this painting, purples, blues and golds are propped up by wiry dark greens, evoking a circus's balancing act. The Circus Museum is located in Sarasota, Florida, which inspired this work's title.
Alan Prazniak was raised on a horse farm in rural Pennsylvania, spending his formative years among the idyllic landscapes of the Delaware Water Gap. The artist's elemental work plays with opposing forces—such as pressure, balance, harmony and tension. Prazniak paints plein air, or directly from observation outside the studio. Prazniak paints carefully, allowing for both growth and a sense of immediacy in his compositions.
Alan Prazniak’s work playfully examines elemental forces—pressure, balance, harmony and tension. The artist’s practice encompasses painting plein air, as well as non-objective wandering and mindful arranging. Prazniak’s careful approach to painting allows for both growth and immediacy.
Alan Prazniak was born in 1985 and was raised on a horse farm in rural Pennsylvania. The artist received a BFA from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an MFA from Rutgers in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Prazniak’s work has been shown at: Geary in New York City; Hesse Flatow in New York City; Kristen Lorello in New York City; and Silvermine Galleries in New Canaan, Connecticut; among others.
Prazniak has also shown work with Geary at Untitled Art Fair Miami Beach in 2021, NADA Miami in 2019, and Untitled San Francisco in 2019.
Prazniak’s work has been covered in Artform, Forbes, Whitehot Magazine, Two Coats of Paint and Flaunt Magazine, among others.
Prazniak lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.