Amy Kaufman: New Work

February 22 – March 29, 2003

Traywick Gallery is pleased to present recent paintings and works on paper by Bay Area artist Amy Kaufman in her third solo exhibition at the gallery. The exhibition opens Saturday, February 22nd and continues through Saturday, March 29th. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, February 22nd from 5 to 7 pm.

Expanding on her established interest in pattern-based abstraction, which blends a distinct formality with bold pictorial energy, Kaufman presents new work that pushes the visual associations possible from a wide variety of shapes and forms. In addition to familiar stripe and linear patterns, she also includes circular motifs and calligraphic line drawings that highlight the imperfect and embrace the irregular path the hand of the artist takes.

Kaufman’s work in black and white (pastel and charcoal on paper) as well as her work in color (oil on canvas) use repetition of pattern and gesture to encourage the viewer to contemplate the subtle details that define her work. Slight, graceful movements of the hand are revealed in delicate silverpoint drawings, while a daring color sense is displayed in the mesmerizing paintings. In Kaufman’s work, careful attention is paid to proportion, scale and layering of pattern in ways that extend the images far beyond the edges of the canvas or paper.

Amy Kaufman has exhibited at many public and private venues throughout the Bay Area since receiving her fine arts degree in drawing from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1990. Her work is included in numerous public and private collections including the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA; Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Art, San Francisco; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, NC; Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA; Monterey Museum of Art, Monterey, CA; and United States Embassies in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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