Squeak Carnwath, ‘Flawless’, 2006, Tandem Press

Signature: This work is signed by the artist and comes with a documentation sheet.

About Squeak Carnwath

For Squeak Carnwath, painting is a form of questioning, through which she reflects on the nature of reality, illusion, and experience. As the artist explains: “I think that painting is a philosophical enterprise in that people believe that what they’re seeing is a real thing… Even though it’s just a thin film of paint on a flat surface, people believe in a painting’s reality.” Carnwath’s compositions reflect her conceptual approach. Recognizable images—heads, candelabras, coins—float against colored fields and appear entangled in grids and beside drips and brushstrokes. Aphorisms and observations, written in script, run across her canvases. In Painting Is (2010), Carnwath depicts a piece of notebook paper against a colorful gridded background. The paper reads, “painting is all thought and pleasure,” a teasing, pithy meditation on the nature of a medium whose reality is illusionism.

American, b. 1947, Abington, Pennsylvania, based in Oakland, California

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2017
New Year Gallery Group Exhibition, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley
2016
Squeak Carnwath | Humalong&Dance, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson
2015
Squeak Carnwath: What Before Comes After, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
2014
Squeak Carnwath - Recent and Now, Clark Gallery, Lincoln

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Squeak Carnwath | Humalong&Dance, Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson
2015
Squeak Carnwath: What Before Comes After, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
2014
Squeak Carnwath - Recent and Now, Clark Gallery, Lincoln

Group Shows on Artsy

2017
New Year Gallery Group Exhibition, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley
2016
Color V, Gail Severn Gallery, Ketchum
2016
Squeak Carnwath, Walter Robinson, and Orlando Leyba, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe
2016
Material Matters - Group Show, Seager Gray Gallery, Mill Valley
2015
Setting the Table, Clark Gallery, Lincoln
2014
Woven, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe
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