Pat Passlof: Fifty Years on Paper


New York Studio School

Exhibition Dates: Mon, December 9th - Sun, January 19th

Location: New York Studio School @ 8 West 8th Street, New York NY 10011

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 12th @ 6pm - 8pm

The art of Pat Passlof (1928 —2011) is being featured this year in three separate exhibitions, of which this one at the New York Studio School — the last — focuses on her work on paper and vellum. Firstly there are the early drawings she made as a twenty-year-old prodigy, and protégé of Willem de Kooning. They can be roughly dated to 1949 or 1950 and have never been shown before. These are coupled with the main body of the show, gouaches (sometimes enhanced with more intensely pigmented acrylic,) painted in the 1980’s. All the work in the show is figurative.

Pat’s sensibility was inimitable, impossible to mistake for another’s. As is so evident in her early drawings, she already could boast natural facility, an exacting eye, and an educated, deft line which, as evident in her pencil study of her hands, is frankly worthy of Ingres. But as a mature painter in her fifties, and especially on paper, she tended to court the fey, fanciful, and whimsical aspects of her art, in which the brush appeared to create diaphanous effects seemingly by chance.

Read more about the artist and the exhibition details HERE.