Ira Crowe was born in Sayre, Pennsylvania
in 1951. He grew up in Johnstown and later in Erie, PA. He studied art for
several years at the Cleveland Art Institute and completed his college
training at Mercyhurst College in 1974 as an art major with minors in
Theology and Literature. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts, he was awarded
Cum Laude for academic achievement.
He has pursued his art vocation in the
intervening years with solo and group shows in Pennsylvania, Virginia and
Washington, DC. His works are a part of a number of private collections. He
is also a published illustrator. Working with ink, watercolor and acrylic,
he has produced hundreds of pen & ink drawings, watercolors and acrylic
paintings and works of colored pencil. In these, he has dealt with themes as
diverse as Celtic ruins and space travel. He has also created dozens of
mixed media compositions and sculptures in metal, wood, stone and
combinations of these.
Meticulous in his renditions and skilled in technique, Ira's work is
unique. It is high quality art which captures the imagination of the viewer
and demands of the viewer an interaction with the art. The viewer must, by
nature of the piece, create the story both before and after the moment in
time captured by the artist. Indeed, it has been most aptly described as
Viewers have sometimes asked Ira what is meant by a work.
To this, he responds
"For me, at least 50% of my artwork is that which the viewer brings to it.
If a viewer doesnít contribute his own ideas and conclusions,
Iíd feel my work was a profound failure.
We are all artists. Iíve often been given surprising new viewpoints
from the remarks of others about some drawing or painting.
It is an exchange, person to person, and I value it."
Ira has lived and worked in Arlington, Virginia just outside of
Washington, DC for the past 30 years,
where he is well known and respected
in his community.