Alan Magee's Tapestries

Magee began working in the tapestry medium in 2002 when artist friends Donald Farnsworth and John Nava invited him to join them in their newly launched tapestry project. The two were about to install nearly forty grand-scale tapestries in architect José Rafael Moneo's Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. Nava's commissioned tapestries were based on his paintings and employed a process devised and refined by the two collaborators. The new method permitted an extraordinarily rich and detailed translation of image into woven fabric using selected color palettes of dyed Italian cotton thread.

This new generation of tapestries is woven in Belgium on Jacquard looms—machines often cited as the nineteenth century precursors of the modern computer. Over several years of work on the cathedral tapestries Farnsworth and Nava, using their own patented software and color palettes, stretched the limits of the present-day Jacquard. The results are dazzling–even to the master weavers operating the looms in Belgium.

Trained by inventor Donald Farnsworth, Magee prepares his tapestry designs in his Maine studio for weaving at the Belgian mill.

Magee's tapestries have been exhibited at the James A. Michener Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, the Frye Art Museum, Goethe-Institut New York, the Berliner Philharmonie, in collaboration with Spectrum Concerts Berlin, Raab Gallery, Berlin, the Luxembourg Embassy, Berlin, Forum Gallery, New York and Los Angeles and the Shorenstein Building (Bank of America Building) in San Francisco. They hang in many private collections throughout the US and Europe.

Alan Magee's tapestries are available through the artist's Maine studio where they can be seen by appointment.