About the Artist
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
He has pursued his art vocation in the intervening years with solo and
group shows in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. His works are
a part of a number of private collections. He is also a published
Working with ink, watercolor and acrylic, Ira 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 hundreds of sculptures in wood, metal, 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 frozen in time by the
artist. Indeed, it perhaps has been most aptly described as “Interactive
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
If a viewer doesn’t contribute his own ideas and conclusions,
I’d feel my work was a profound failure.
We are all artists. I’ve 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, D.C for the past 25 years he is well known and
respected in his community.