Meet the Bar Art Queen: Allison Meyler
1- Tell us where the bar art idea came from?
Sometimes when I am “stuck” in a painting rut, I have learned it is helpful to force myself to do something I don’t think I can do, or won’t like doing (!). So one day, I painted our new coffee maker, which admittedly, I thought was an especially beautiful appliance. And, I actually liked the resulting painting. A dear friend who saw it suggested I try doing some cocktail themed paintings, since he knew I love to dabble in mixology on the side.
2- What is your favorite drink of choice?
I think most of my friends associate me with a Cosmo, which has been my old standby for many years. However, I really do love to experiment with recipes - I make a mean grapefruit martini and I also love a Moscow Mule.
3- Artist you admire?
So many! Both old and new! Too many to list, but some of the ones that instantly pop to my mind are Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Basquiat, deKooning, Amy Sillman, Hope Gangloff just to name a few!
4- Who’s hanging on your walls?
My husband and I were lucky enough to win a collection of five paintings at a contemporary art museum (The Aldrich) years ago, which really elevated the walls in our house! In addition, I love to buy a painting from someone I see on Instagram (Amber Vittoria), or a relative (Jennie Prinn), or hang things that have been given to me by others. Of course, there are a few Allison Meylers too :-)
5- Interior Designer you love and admire?
I do love interior design, but no one in particular comes to mind. My aesthetic for interiors is very clean and crisp (lots of white!) with room for pops of color (art!). At the moment, I am obsessed with all things Scandinavian - love their minimal look with a touch of hygge.
6- Top goal for the year??
On the painting front, I’m trying to branch out from the Northeast a bit, which is why I’m so happy to be a part of the Liza Pruitt art collective! I’ve also got two enormous canvases in my garage which I’m eager to tackle. They will for sure be my biggest works to date, which is both intimidating and exciting.
(On the personal front, I’m just trying to survive junior year with 17 year old twins!)