Alan Grabelsky is an artist who divides his time between Baltimore, Maryland and Fredericton, New Brunswick. He received his MFA in Film and Video from the California Institute of the Arts in 1972. While studying film at CalArts he also attended printmaking workshops with Alan Metnick at RISD in the summers.
Following graduation from CalArts Alan set printmaking aside and began a 40-year career in film and television. While living in Los Angeles, he worked on theatrical feature films including “Gorky Park” and “Continental Divide.” He moved to New York in 1986, where he was Executive in Charge of Production at Vestron Pictures, supervising production of six theatrical films, including “Dirty Dancing.” Joining HBO in 1989, he was Vice President in Charge of Production and supervised the production of over 20 films, including the Emmy Award winning “Miss Evers Boys”, and “If These Walls Could Talk.” He completed his career in film and television at Discovery Communications where he was Senior Vice President, Worldwide Production Management until 2012 for all fifteen US Discovery Communications Networks including The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, TLC, The Science Channel, and Investigation Discovery, and for all Discovery International Networks, distributed in over 220 countries and territories.
For the past seven years Alan has returned to printmaking, working in Baltimore, Maryland, with master printer Brian Garner at the Litho Shop, with internationally acclaimed artist Soledad Salame at Sol Print Studios, and at the Baltimore Print Studios. In New Brunswick, Canada, he has worked in Fredericton with David Brewer at Rabbit Town Press, and at the Fredericton Makerspace, and in St. Andrews with master printer Robert Van de Peer at the Sunbury Shores Print Studio. He has produced pieces employing unique combinations of lithography, wood block, silkscreen and photo etching techniques.