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Mary Beth Shaw

mixed media; abstract paintings.
1 one by one; A SINGLE, solitary.
2 one and all; A WHOLE, united.

On View
March 7- April 4, 2009

Saturday, March 7, 2009
6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Mary Beth Shaw explores the reciprocal relationships between the individual and the collective in her new series of forty abstract paintings on view at phd gallery. The paintings, ranging in size from 9" x 9" to 54" x 54," will be on exhibit from March 7, to April 4, 2009, with an opening reception for the artist on Saturday, March 7, 2009 from 6 -10 p.m.

Shaw's mixed media paintings examine the idea of intersection and connection. Her tactile surfaces combined with her use of an organic, light infused palette and the repetition of symbols, shapes, and texture suggest an essence of place rather than a specific location.

The artist works on canvas, paper and claybord combining drawing with painting and collage, using pastel, ink, acrylic and marker to create her pieces. Her process is wet and spontaneous; she directs paint flow with a spray bottle and hair dryer, building layer after layer in a ritualistic fashion. Shaw focuses on the physicality of her media along with the intuitive experience of making each piece. The final product becomes a record of that activity.

Originally from the Midwest, the Xavier University graduate moved to San Francisco for five years and attended the University of California at Berkeley. She has participated in numerous juried competitions, group shows and Open Studio events within California and the Midwest. The artist teaches workshops in abstract painting, collage and paste paper painting. Her work is collected internationally by private individuals and corporations.

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