Artist of the moment….Judy Pfaff…..

The artist was born in London, England in 1946. In 1949 her family moved to the United States. The family moved to Detroit and she went to a great prep school for college. She then received degrees from Washington University and a masters degree from Yale University.

Although Pfaff has worked in many mediums over the years she has gained worldwide acclaim for her installations.

She has had major exhibitions of her artwork at the Denver Art Museum and the Saint Louis Museum of Art.

Pfaff has also won major awards in the art world such as Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.

If you are in a crunch for time and only have time for one selection watch the first clip! Very informative on her thoughts on the process of being an artist.

The artist in a short interview talking about making scultures. She never took a sculpture class whilst in college.

A clip showing an installation by the artist.

An interview with the artist. She doesn’t like people to step back from her work, she  prefers it to be super close as if you were inside of it.

The author is very witty in saying no one  buys her installations. Its too much of her in the house. You get not only the installation you get Ryan her assistant, her dog, her crew, some dirt….The list is never ending!

When I think of her work this fits perfectly….A collagist in space. She is great at organizing space and depth. Its seems as though she has designed hundreds of shadowboxes for her mastery of arrangements. My favorite works of this style are her floral works.

Joined faculty at Brad College in New York in 1994 and helps to direct a studio art program.

Pfaff was the United States representative at the Sao Paulo, Brazil Bienale in 1998.

She also has done very large public commissions in Portland, Oregon and also in Philadelphia at the Convention Center.

Basic price range: The artist has been so prolific she has many mediums available on the market. Photogravures, collages, plastic works , mixed media, watercolors, lithographs, and paintings can be found from $500 to $5,o00. The artist is very affordable.

The artist can teach us many things. First, put some abstraction in your work, even if your goal is very tight realism. Andy Wyeth, to most people a very tight and realistic painter, thought of himself as seeing things in a very abstract matter, but in smaller patterns and very tight detail that most people overlook. For some ideas on how to use abstraction in making your work better try painting some rocks, polished or unpolished wood(just look for patterns in the wood to repeat), and of course water and clouds. So many edges exist in these subjects as well, you can have fun with the variety.

Another theme to learn from the artist is always create and you will be rewarded. Despite never taking an education class about sculpting, Pfaff was able to come to it in her own way.

The last thing to take from the artist is that of spatial relationships. For an abstract expressionist, at least in her early days, she was very adept and using clean bright colors and not getting too many shapes on her surface so as to confuse or overload the senses of the viewer.

Try something very abstract today! LOOSEN UP and have some fun as Bob Ross would say!

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