Jamie Brunson: New Paintings

October 24 – November 30, 2002

Traywick Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Jamie Brunson. The exhibition opens Thursday, October 24th and continues through Saturday, November 30th, 2002, and will run concurrently with the backroom show, Rachel Davis: New Watercolors. There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, October 24th, from 6 to 8 pm.

While Jamie Brunson’s paintings are inspired by her extensive travel to the ancient cities of the world, her work utilizes pattern and opticality as a means of conveying pure abstraction. The source of imagery in her work reflects a wide array of interests including Spanish Colonial Architecture, Moorish tile work, Indian textiles and Hindu iconography among others.

The work featured in the show is from her most recent series of paintings which further her ongoing formal exploration of complex ornamental patterns. She is interested in the historical ramifications of certain patterns that are symbolic of cultural transmission as well as in the spiritual implications of other patterns that serve as a common language for ideas about the Divine.

In all of her work the beauty of the painted surfaces serves as a visual counterpoint to the rigor of her process which involves multiple layers of sinuous linear motifs and underlying structures. She thoughtfully balances an abstract detachment with a hand-crafted intimacy to create work that demands prolonged looking.

Jamie Brunson’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions throughout the Bay Area and the US. Recent exhibitions include group shows at Mills College Museum, the Sonoma Museum of Visual Arts, the Monterey Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of California. This will be her third solo exhibition at Traywick Gallery.

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