Sidetracks Art Gallery presents the unique figurative world of Painter Selina Trieff.
Called an "American original" by New York Times critic John Russell, Selina has forged her own highly individual style for almost 60 years. A student of American master Morris Kantor, Ad Reinhardt, Mark Rothko and Hans Hofmann, she is truly an abstract artist – with each painting's compositional elements (especially spatial relations) of paramount importance.
Yer her chosen imagery has always had strong links to the western artistic canon – from Byzantine icons through the clowns and harlequins of Picasso. Mastks, costurmes, faces that both conceal and reveal, expressions that confront yet invite – all these are the stuff of her richly colored and patterned art. Her work is often enhanced with gold leaf in the manner helf up for us to try on our own peculiar faces. Everyman or Everywoman is present in the gaze of every animal.
Selina has been exhibited from coast to coast in the United States, currently by Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown, In Manhattan she showed at Gearge Billis Gallery in Manhattan. Her work has found spcial resonance in northern Europe, particularly Norway and Sweden. New York, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod have all been home, with her time now spent in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, working and teaching.
Sidetracks invites the community to come to know an artist whose ever line is heartfelt, every brushstroke purposeful, every color weighted with emotion.
"From Reinhardt and Rothko, I learned that art is a philosophical exploration and the artmaking involved a mysterious process of self discovery."
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