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Jeannie Motherwell in South Florida

Jeannie Motherwell in South Florida

 

 

“Harbinger”
Acrylic on clay board panel
48 x 60 x 2″

 

Born and raised in New York City, Jeannie Motherwell inherited a love of painting from her father, Robert Motherwell, and stepmother, Helen Frankenthaler, two pillars of mid-century abstraction. She studied painting at Bard College and the Art Students League in New York. Her work has been featured in public and private collections throughout the US and abroad.

 

 

“Alchemy”
Acrylic on clay board panel
48 x 60 x 2″

 

Having lived near the Atlantic Ocean for most of her life, Motherwell is influenced by the constantly changing landscape that surrounds her, and when not within hearing distance of the waves lapping or crashing onshore, by the images of the ocean as seen from the Hubble telescope in outer space.  “I am amazed by the images and mysteries of the oceans and skies in changing weather, Hubble-type images of the universe, and my own physicality during the painting process. It has inspired my paintings, which have an intimacy to the space in them but also an immensity. The process I use and the mere physicality of it help me explore spatial complexities that yield marvelous surprises. They often carry me in directions I cannot anticipate. There are things that happen in my paintings that I cannot explain. I may try to control them while working, but I am really searching for answers to make the unexpected work for me. It is about exploring the unknown and then refining it to reflect a visceral memory or experience — for me and for the viewer. I like to think of my paintings as an ‘event’ or an ‘occurrence’; that is, an action that emerges in the here and now — where the subject matter symbolizes the images and mysteries of creation.”

 

Motherwell’s work will be on view in Palm Beach through March 31, at M Fine Arts Galerie, 415 Hibiscus Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480 (561 345 3373).  There will be an opening reception on Thursday, February 7th from 6-8 pm.

 

“Magnum”
Acrylic & Inks on Yupo paper
40 x 26″