Top left: Sita Ram 3 (detail), 2013, Oil on canvas, 36” x 40”
Top right: Santa Maria Novella, 2014, Oil on canvas, 30” x 32”
2nd left: Afield, 2014, Oil on canvas, 20” x 20”
2nd center: Night Aquarium, 2013 (detail), Oil on canvas, 30” x 32”
2nd right: Artist, Patricia Spergel
3rd left: Sita Ram 1, 2012, Oil on canvas, 36” x 40”
3rd right: Enthralled, 2014, Oil on canvas, 20” x 20”
Bottom left: At “In the Thread” installation Dec. 2012 NYC Armory
Bottom right: Under Water 8, 2013 (detail) Oil on linen, 11” x 14”
"I approach painting as a diaristic language that is informed by my environment and my experiences. It is a means of self-exploration, a way of leaving an imprint, a visual residue. Although I have flirted with painting landscapes and still lifes over the years, I always come back to abstraction; painting non-objectively continues to challenge and excite me. It allows me to draw from my personal experiences, while keeping my focus on the formal qualities of paint. My sources of inspiration and fascination are varied: a visit to an aquarium at night, the glaciers in Alaska, the shapes of the machinery on Dumbo’s Ride in Disney World, the patterns made by sunlight on the wall or the sense of concentrated awareness of one’s body in space and time that one attains after years of yoga practice...
The paintings are composed of fluid, organic forms, often derived from the human body or landscape, which crowd together, float or overlap creating eccentric compositions filled with color and light. These abstract shapes hover on the verge of becoming recognizable, tangible objects. The images evoke stories about themselves that are just outside the complete grasp of full detection and understanding. Private, secret events are glimpsed just before they move or change. Forms surface and submerge, press against one another as if for support or come together as if magnetically, sexually attracted. These elements create unexpected works which momentarily throw the viewer off guard. Painted lines and other idiosyncratic markings disrupt and energize the surfaces and the solidity of the shapes, imbuing the paintings with a quirky sense of humor. The build up of paint on colored grounds creates a sense of anticipation, of pigmented air vibrating and breathing—inviting you to enter the paintings."
Patricia Spergel received her BFA from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and her MFA from School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally and had a solo show at the Tjaden Gallery at Cornell in 2004. Her paintings are included in the collections of Citigroup, Sanford Bernstein and Bank of America and she has been published in New American Paintings and will be included in Creating Abstract Art by Dean Nimmer published by North Light Books. In summer 2013 her work was featured on the cover and in an eight page spread of The Southern Review, a literary magazine published by Louisiana State University. While her focus is on painting, she has also done extensive work with monoprints for the past fifteen years at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut. Her work can be seen at Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, NY and Heskin Contemporary in NYC. She currently lives and works in Westchester County, NY.