FOUR DISTINCT FEMALE ARTISTS REVEAL EMOTIVE IMPACT OF COLOR AT PIPPIN CONTEMPORARY
Santa Fe, NM (February 23, 2017): Color in any art form, painted or constructed, abstract or figurative, carries a powerful emotive force. This summer at Pippin Contemporary, four female artists will explore the emotional quality of color through ethereal abstraction, whimsical realism and sculptural luminosity. Liz Barber, Stephanie Paige, Elizabeth Hahn, and Suzanne Wallace Mears come together from all corners of the country for their first group exhibition, Expressions in Color, on display from July 5th to July 18th. The gallery will host an opening reception on Friday, July 7th from 5-7pm.
“The backbone of my painting process is an intuitive emotional response to color,” says Georgia painter Liz Barber, whose acrylic ink, oil, watercolor and gouache paintings capture the cadence of nature and its seasonal shifts. Barber’s current compositions recall the bursting buds and blooming petals of spring, expressed through jubilant color palettes and fluid movement. Barber’s lively abstract canvases are complimented by Stephanie Paige’s meditative symmetrical panels, characterized by their rich fields of color balanced around stark horizon lines. Nature is also a big influence for Paige, whose paintings emulate textured soil, tranquil water or brilliant sunsets through layers of pigment and burnished plaster. The California painter’s vivid colors speak directly to the emotional essence of a quiet ocean breeze or desert sunset, and are painted with devotion to Mother Earth.
While Barber and Paige illustrate the affective impact of color through abstraction, Santa Fe painter Elizabeth Hahn expresses whimsical narratives through figurative work. Bold and imaginative, Hahn’s imagery resembles storybook illustrations that invite the viewer into playful realms of juxtaposed patterns and popping colors. The curtailed compositions appear to be snapshots from the artist’s life, from harmonious hues at the breakfast table to polka dot skirts with dancing feet. Hahn’s body of work is a joyful reminder of life’s simple pleasures and wondrous views, while acting as a welcomed contrast to the otherwise abstract aesthetic of the exhibition.
Barber’s joyous abstraction, Paige’s soothing symmetry and Hahn’s vibrant patterns are translated to physical form in Suzanne Wallace Mears’ three-dimensional glass sculptures. Mears’ expressive totems and stoic vessels take on a wide range of shapes that exude optimism through majestic color and reflected light. Kiln-fired in her Oklahoma City studio, Mears’ totems embody humorous personalities while her tabletop vessels exude a graceful presence. “I can’t imagine living in a black and white world,” says Mears. “It’s just the way I am. I’m a colorist – it’s what makes my world turn.”
Pippin Contemporary, founded in May 2011 by artist Aleta Pippin, is located in the heart of the historic art district at 409 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gallery is committed to showing art that is fresh and vibrant, as well as collectible. Pippin Contemporary artists provide visitors with a “sensory experience of color and mood” through vivid portrayals of personal expression.