From New York to Santa Fe, Mala Breuer Channels her Environment in Abstract Paintings
At the San Francisco Art Institute, where she had been both a student and a teacher, Breuer developed a voice and conceptual framework she described as “the non-objective, which filled a spiritual expression released through my artwork.” Her paintings from that time are in line with those of her contemporary color field painters such as
Breuer’s resettling in New York in 1976, where she rented a space in
In 1984, Breuer moved to Santa Fe, where she “painted quietly,” which led her paintings to develop a much airier feel, reflecting the openness of the New Mexico landscape that has inspired so many artists. In 6-30-95 (1995) and 9-22-98 (1998), she introduces wax into her painting process and spreads her marks across the canvas. Gone is the dense, overlapping congestion of New York; the move offers a seeming appreciation of subtlety, possibility in the breadth of pictorial space, and a symbolic nod to the strength of individual solitude. Ever since, Breuer has remained a resident of Santa Fe, where she is still going strong at 88 years old.
“Mala Breuer: New York to Santa Fe,” is on at Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, Apr. 23–May 30, 2015.
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