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SHIRLEY ASANO GULDIMANN
 
Storied Women
March 27 – April 20, 2019

The paintings of Shirley Asano Guldimann are dramatic and expressive, while simultaneously reserved and introspective. The artist is recognized for her luscious surfaces created from the water mediums she deftly employs. In Storied Women, the artist’s first show at FIG, the artist brings her women to life by pouring, swirling, dripping, and scrubbing her watery pigments, encouraging her subjects to emerge from paint. The artist works with jewel-like color that is translucent, pearlescent, sparkling and luminous. Her women seem mysterious and ephemeral, as though not quite in our world. In addition to her larger paintings, she will exhibit pieces from a series of small works titled Vignettes, which consists of single figures that appear as though in a state of flux; fluid, twisting and churning, these figures seem to be morphing before our eyes. Shirley Asano Guldimann’s works are sure to dazzle our senses and stimulate our curiosity.

“The paintings in this series are “storied,” in part, because each work is built of layers of paint, sometimes ink too, that remain visible when other layers are added. Hence, each layer creates a “story” of color and texture.

“Additionally, these works are storied because they suggest narratives. Like many stories, they began with an accidental event or the unexpected--an enticing random splash of paint or haphazard smear of color.

“As a woman I feel impelled to explore through art the many stories, including myths, traditions, and personal history, that revolve around women. These paintings, however, do not prescribe a narrative, nor romanticize their subjects, but are meant to excite and renew the imagination of the viewer who engages with these storied women.”

 

Daphne Arising, 2018, acrylic on paper, 44 x 30"
Daphne Arising, 2018, acrylic on paper, 44 x 30"

 

Legacy, 2019, acrylic and ink on paper, 44 x 30" 
Legacy, 2019, acrylic and ink on paper, 44 x 30"

     
 

 

 

 
  Vignette 14, 2018, watercolor and ink on paper, 12 x 9"
Vignette 14, 2018, watercolor and ink on paper, 12 x 9"
Vignette 11, 2018, watercolor and ink on paper, 12 x 9"
Vignette 11, 2018, watercolor and ink on paper, 12 x 9"
 

 


For Yayoi, 2018, acrylic on paper, 30 x 22"

 

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