Aria Brownell is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas
She has a BFA in Painting from SUNY Purchase College and
She's the Social Media Director for Contracommon in Bee Cave, TX
Aria Brownell is a figurative oil painter currently living and working in Austin, Texas. Her paintings capture images of intimacy and personal memory in which the narrative can evolve and warp throughout each layer of paint. Her body of work incorporates everyday feelings of depression, embarrassment, sentimentality, and familiarity. She graduated Cum Laude in 2015 from SUNY Purchase College in New York with a degree in Painting. Since then, she has displayed work in Connecticut, New York, Texas, as well as online for several virtual gallery shows in 2020. Her work has been shown in multiple juried shows. In 2020, she won the Juror’s Award in the CCAN National Juried Competition and an Oil Painting Award at the Texas and Neighbors Exhibit and Competition. Aria’s paintings have also been written about locally in the Austin Chronicle newspaper and in Shoutout HTX, a virtual publication. She volunteers as the Social Media Director at Contracommon Gallery in Bee Cave, Texas where she is also a studio member. As the Social Media Director, Aria actively engages with the emerging artists in Austin, Texas, as well as artists from other cities and states. Conducting interviews, writing recurring artist highlights, and promoting work by emerging artists through social media platforms are some of the ways that Aria is involved with the local art community.