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Maureen Gallace (born 1960) is an American artist who paints landscapes and seascapes. She makes small oil paintings depicting a few elements: a house, a barn, a boat; bushes, grass, and sky. She began exhibiting in 1990 and has had solo exhibitions throughout the US, Europe, and Japan.

Early Life and Education

Gallace was born in Stamford, Connecticut in 1960. She received her BFA from The Hartford Art School, University of Hartford in 1981 and her MFA from Rutger's University in 1983. [1]


Career

Gallace paints intimately sized landscapes of houses and beaches devoid of people. She has been inspired by the rural New England landscape. Her process involves careful observation, omission, attention to brushstroke, color, and composition. Gallace describes the process of arriving at her streamlined representations as staring at something and breaking it down to what she finds most important. In Gallace's oil painting Cape Cod, Early September (2008) there is a simplified white cottage in the center surrounded by a pale blue sky and bright greenery. This painting was a part of the 2010 Whitney Biennial. She creates paintings with visible brushstrokes by painting wet on wet layers of oil on panel. Her technique flattens the perspective in the picture. She excludes details on the cottage, which allows viewers to make their own associations with the image. Gallace's work relates to early American Modernist painting. especially Edward Hopper's representations of small-towns and Milton Avery's abstracted seascapes. [2] Bruce Hainley selected Beach No. 2 (2013) as the "Best of 2013" in the December 2013 issue of Artforum. He wrote: "Gallace ... makes some of the most intense paintings going. Luminous grays, glissandos of white, and auroral pinks and oranges dramatize her precise blues. In her “seascapes,” ... waves crash upon the shore and the horizons disappear—which is not a minor event for a painter who always considers grounding.While the artist’s photographs (one was reproduced as the show’s announcement card) document specific locales and buildings, some already dismantled by environmental or economic havoc, the paintings transmigrate soulfulness more than they do any topography. Gallace dissolves ongoing nattering about abstraction and representation, achieving the rare, staunch beauty of the quietly hard-won."[3]


Exhibitions

2013: Overduin and Kite, Los Angeles
2011: La Conservera, Ceuti, Murcia, Spain
2009: Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2007: Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers, Munich, Germany
2007: Paradise Project, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2006: The Art Institute of Chicago Museum, Curated by James Rondeau, Chicago, IL
2006: 303 Gallery, New York, NY
2005: Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2004: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
2003: Dallas Museum of Art, Curated by Suzanne Weaver, Dallas, TX
2003: Maureen Paley Interim Art, London, Great Britain
2002: Gallery Side2, Tokyo, Japan
2001: Galleria Il Capricorno, Venice, Italy
2001: Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2001: Fukui City Art Museum, Fukui-shi, Japan
1999: Texas Gallery, Houston, TX
1997: Johnen & Schottle, Cologne, Germany
1996: Museum Schloss-Hardenberg, Velbert, Germany, catalog
1996: Galerie Christian Drantmann, Brussels, Belgium
1996: Modulo Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
1995: Kohn Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1994: Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1993: Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
1993: Nielsen Gallery, Boston, MA
1990: Julian Pretto Gallery, New York, NY[4]

External Links

Official website
References

"Artist Bio". Kerlingallery.com. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
Norton, Margot (2010). Whitney Biennial 2010. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0-300-16242-4.
Hainley, Bruce (December 2013). "Best of 2013". Artforum. 52 (4): 232.
"Maureen Gallace Biography". 303gallery.com. Retrieved 8 March 2015.

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