Angela Fraleigh

Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

20 Jay Street, Suite 720

Angela Fraleigh is an oil painter who uses traditional painting techniques to challenge male-dominated art historical narratives, creating new environments for female figures appropriated from centuries-old European masterworks, or other male-derived sources such as literature, art history, semiotics, and social theories, that relegate women to the margins or shadows.

Weaving together realism and abstraction in lush and complex fashions, her work draws upon personal narrative and ranges from intimate to monumental portraits that reimagine women’s roles in art history, literature, and contemporary media. Questioning how cultural narratives are written and impact our daily lives and interactions, Fraleigh’s paintings utilize Rococo and Baroque paintings, romance novels, and fairytales as sources and recast peripheral female characters into daring heroines within newly constructed narratives with a goal of restoring their autonomy, agency, and power.

About Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program awards rent-free non-living studio space to 17 visual artists for year-long residencies. Its mission is to provide working studio space and community for artists. Artists are selected annually based on merit from a competitive pool of applicants by a professional jury comprised of artists and members of the SWSP Artists Advisory Committee.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program is the new face of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Space Program, developed for artists, by artists in 1991. In 2014 the program was renamed the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program to honor the legacy of Marie Walsh Sharpe and reflect the new sponsorship and commitment of the Walentas Family Foundation.

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