Saturday, January 3, 2015

Driven to Abstraction opens this Thursday

  Join me this Thursday for the opening reception of Driven to Abstraction, a group show at the Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, MA. Three pieces from my newest series, Fisherman's Woman, will be on display alongside works from other artists across the country.
  Driven to Abstraction features 52 unique 2D and 3D abstract works by 43 artists, calling attention to the range of techniques and media used by artists who work outside the figurative realm. Pieces by resident artists from The Umbrella and selected artists from as far as Chicago will be on display from January 7 to February 23. Dana Salvo, owner of Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA and a nationally recognized photographer, served as the show’s juror.

Monday, December 8, 2014


Wreckage; 18 x 18"; acrylic and gold leaf on paper mounted on panel
  There are now 20 paintings in the series entitled "Fisherman's Woman". The use of paint is fresher, heavier, and more playful in this series than in previous pieces. I haven't been afraid to revisit compositions and alter them entirely if they aren't quite "working out". I will be uploading photos as I take them to a portfolio in the nav bar at the right. Check back in!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fisherman's Woman

From the series, Fisherman's Woman; Acrylic on paper; 18 x 18"

  I more often find myself posting new work on my Twitter feed, @ClaudineMetrick. With my smartphone I can snap a picture while I'm working in my studio and with a few simple keystrokes it is uploaded. It's so easy. But the images aren't always the highest quality and this series is developing into something significant so I thought I would spend the afternoon shooting good images.
  I have posted this one. I'm not sure of the title of  this particular piece yet. The name "Dreamboat" is floating through my head, but I honestly think that name is better suited to another piece in the group. This image happened rather quickly today and I think there were some threads of the Squeak Carnwath exhibition I recently saw at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA. Her marks and surfaces, and somewhat inscrutable meanings allowed me to be more free in the studio today. Because really, who's watching?...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Biomorphic: Installation Views

  The Claypool-Young Gallery recently posted some images from the opening of Biomorphic at Morehead State University.  I have included the best shots of my work below.  While the space is rather large, I do like the juxtaposition of my  paintings with the fanciful sculptures.  To view the rest of the exhibit visit the gallery's Facebook page.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Summer of Garden Paintings

  This summer I found myself gravitating towards a new hobby - gardening.  Perhaps it was the long drawn-out winter that we suffered through in the Northeast this year or perhaps it was the challenging year of teaching and searching for full time work.  But as the snow melted and the mud season abated I found I wanted to spend my studio time puttering around outside in the dirt.  After five weeks of intense work and over one-hundred plants it occurred to me that this was what I was most excited about in my life.  And so I searched for a way to bring the studio work in line with my current passion.
   The result is a series of five medium-format acrylic paintings about 25 x 30", some etchings, and three large scale paintings at 40 x 51".  I am continuing to think about what these images mean and work out what they need and don't need to contain.  You can view the medium-format pieces in the portfolio at the right titled Secret Garden 2014.  Enjoy!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Biomorphic at Morehead State University

A Soft Rain Will Come; 25 x 28"; mixed media on panel; 2012

  The group show at Morehead State University opens this Wednesday evening.  For more information click here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Biomorphic at Morehead State University

  I am pleased to announce the inclusion of my work in the upcoming exhibition, Biomorphic, at Morehead State University in Kentucky.  Displayed in the expansive Claypool-Young Art Gallery the show promises to be a sumptuous collection of art inspired by the natural world. 

  The eight paintings I shipped arrived at the university yesterday and are waiting to be installed alongside work by artists Steve Budington, Sarah Knill, Tammie Rubin, and Scott Turri.  Opening reception is Wednesday, September 10th.