Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin, ‘Salt Pond #2’, 2012, Somerville Manning Gallery

About Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin

Having studied painting in Southern California in the 1970s, and influenced by William Brice, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin bucked the trends of conceptual art with her decision to paint representational content. She limits her palette to a small array of colors, exploiting each hue to its maximal value. In her early work, Rubin worked from direct observation, painting her native Southern California landscape from the back of a van, which she then used as the basis for larger paintings. Since relocating to Northern California, Rubin has begun working from digital photographs, and in particular aerial images. “To see the human presence in the context of the natural environment has opened an arena of metaphors and ideas,” she has said. “In the end, though, intuition and memory are what shape and form each painting.”

American, b. 1947, Santa Monica, California, based in Boonville, California

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