Artist Statement

 
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In my perception conceptualizing advertising campaigns and creating art have always been two distinct worlds. For 35 years I erected a wall between the two: one was work, the other play. In 2015, after a solo show, I examined reviews identifying the decorative quality of my art and became engaged in combining these separate bodies of work.

Pattern intensely infuses both my graphic and artistic work. Pattern building is my structure. Identifying it has opened an understanding of why I make the art that I do and gives me permission to explore subject matter with a new vision. It has strengthened my interpretation of shape, color, line, and symbolic motifs.

I am a painter, sculptor and designer working with oil sticks, encaustics using lace and metal as a foundation for abstract flora work. I construct work with multiple layers and different media. My work is colorful and experimental. My narrative is to create beauty. As the current social fabric of our culture unravels I seek to make a perfect environment.

Presently I am working on “The Lushness of the Tribe,” a series of artworks exploring ideas about plant and human connections in culture and decoration of the environment. When creating I like to imagine myself in a fertile, tropical forest. It’s a place where anything can grow and the one element that seems to be disappearing in the fast, make it and build it commercial world. My work is the antithesis to the  foolhardy exploitation of earthen treasures. 

By studying Pierre Bonnard’s multifaceted color and paint application, Gustav Klimt’s mosaic shape building, and the patterns in Walter Inglis Anderson’s paintings and linoleum blocks I gain freedom to create a body of work that more closely reflects who I am as an artist.

 
 
 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

International Multi Media Artist in Painting and Sculpture

PROFESSIONAL ARTIST living in New York City

 

Exhibiting in New York City, Hudson Valley of New York and Champagne, FR

38 years designing for advertising clients nationwide

Proficient in CC’s Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro

 

Creative/Art Director in Advertising Agencies                                                                     1979-1991

Freelance Designer                                                                                                                   1991-2017

 

‘amalgam of wildly inventive fantasia’

8/14/2017 Kingston Times

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

“Color Compass”                      Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY                                                    2015

“Color Blast”                             2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson, NY                      2015

“Layers Upon Layers”               Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY                                                  2014

“The Love Factory”                   2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson, NY                     2014

“Attitude”                                  Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont, NY                                   2014

“Birthing Beauty”                     Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY                                                   2013

“iScroll”                                      The Studios at 75 Broadway, Newburgh, NY                                 2012

“Made in France”                      CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France                                            2008

“Evolution Art”                          2 Alices Coffee Lounge, Cornwall on Hudson, NY                     2007

“Chasing Rainbows”                 Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall on Hudson, NY                                   2006

 

 

SELECTED JURIED EXHIBITIONS

 

“Mixed Company”                     ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, NY                                                            2017   

Open Studios                             CAMAC Artist Residency, Marnay-sur-Seine, FR                         2017

“The Farm Project 2015”          10th Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY     2015
“The Art of Healing”                  Blue Door Gallery, Yonkers, NY                                                       2015

“Encaustic and Collage”            ArtBar Gallery, Kingston, NY                                                            2015

“Winter Showcase”                    Skylight Gallery, New York, NY                                                         2014

“Small Works 2D/3D”               Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY                                                   2013

Member Representation           Gallery 66 NY, Cold Spring, NY                                                   2012-15

“Human Form”                           Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY                                                   2013

“Illuminations”                            SUNY Orange Kaplan Hall, Newburgh, NY                                    2008

Madness, “Light & Dark”           The Art Upstairs, Phoenicia, NY                                                      2008

“Artist of the Catskills”              Michael Nelson Gallery, Saugerties, NY                                         2008

“Hopscotch”                               Curated by Steven Evans of DIA, A.S.K., Kingston, NY               2008

“Members Show”                        Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, Woodstock, NY         2007

Representation                            Painter’s Tavern, Cornwall on Hudson, NY                                  2001-8

 

 

EDUCATION

 

BFA, Graphic Design/Painting     Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, GA     1979

New York Studio School                Sculpture Marathon for Fresco and Wall Relief                                2013

Woodstock School of Art              Alexander, Fasoldt, Nelson, Segalman, Cline, Scheele               2000-9

Bronze Casting                               University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy                                               1975

 

 

AWARDS/PUBLICATIONS

 

Artist Residency         Salem Art Works, Salem, NY                                                                            2017

Artist Residency         CAMAC, Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, Champagne, FR                      2017

Artist Residency         CAMAC, Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre, Champagne, FR                     2008

Summer Issue             Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 40                                                                           2017

Winter Issue                Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 36                                                                            2017

Spring Issue                 Studio Visit Magazine, Vol 12                                                                             2014

Summer                       Anchor Magazine                                                                                                 2015

Scholarship                  New York Studio School Sculpture Marathon                                                  2014

Travel Grant                 SOS, NYFA                                                                                                         2008

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

 

Rebecca Darlington: Another Live to Live      Leslie Fanrich Blog, 2013     Copy available on request