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Grace Graupe-Pillard's New Color Abstract Paintings Address Climate Change and the Environment




Grace Graupe-Pillard

Green Rush

2023

Oil alkyd on canvas

66 x 48”



The newest paintings by Grace Graupe-Pillard address the environmental, social, and global impact of climate change. In her current solo exhibition at David Richard Gallery, the exhibition title, Fractured, reflects both the artist’s approach to creating her paintings as well as the ramification and impact of the causes that result in her ongoing calls to action. 


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Grace Graupe-Pillard

Boomerang

2023

Oil alkyd on canvas

48 x 36"





Graupe-Pillard’s approach to art making is to exploit binaries, exposing cultural ignorance, mythologies, and injustices while simultaneously celebrating an underlying truth and beauty that is not fully appreciated in and of itself, or empathizing with harmed and affected parties in any given situation. These qualities are revealed in her many series of artworks since the 1970s. Her artworks are both self-reflexive -- where the artist, her gender, and cultural affiliations are both the subject and under the microscope for critical critique -- while also deconstructing entrenched social constructs regarding gender, race, ethnicity, and politics.





Grace Graupe-Pillard

Vortex

2023

Oil alkyd on canvas

48 x 36"




The artist’s approach is to have a single visual that is accessible and full of content. Thus, she often uses compositional methods that are like a split screen or presenting two sides of the same coin. Representational imagery, motifs or fragments thereof are broken down, duplicated, collaged and combined to generate contrasting imagery in a single composition, thus providing parallel universes in a single artwork. This approach challenges the viewer's perceptions and provokes introspection and/or discourse with with others. 





Grace Graupe-Pillard

Upended Landscape

2023

Oil alkyd on canvas

76 x 54”


Grace Graupe-Pillard has exhibited her artwork throughout the USA with one-person exhibitions in Hartford, Ct., Jackson, Miss., Chicago, Ill. and Newark, NJ, in addition to New York City at The Proposition, Donahue/Sosinski Art, Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, Hal Bromm Gallery, and Wooster Art Space. She has also had one-person exhibitions at The Frist Center for The Visual Arts in Nashville, Tenn., The New Jersey State Museum, The New Jersey Center for Visual Arts and Moravian University’s Payne Gallery. She has participated in group exhibitions at The Noyes Museum, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Bass Museum, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Maier Museum, The Aldrich Museum, The Drawing Center, The Hunterdon Museum. Cheim & Read Gallery and The National Academy Museum.


The artworks and exhibitions of Graupe-Pillard’s have been written about in The Village Voice, The NY Times, Art News, The Star Ledger, The New Art Examiner, Newsday, Flash Art, Art Forum, Art in America and Digital Review.






Grace Graupe-Pillard

Deluge

2018

Oil alkyd on canvas

60 x 84”



Grace Graupe-Pillard’s Artist Statements: 


Since 1975, my work has dealt with feminist issues, beginning with large paintings depicting male and female frontal nudes of various ages who did not “fit into” the dictates of the “gaze” controlled by the male-dominated art history/museum network. 


Today, in 2024, I am still interested in many of the same issues. Power and the abuse of power—such as the conflicts between men and women both on a personal and political level—are ever-present in my consciousness and my artwork. Violence and especially war, with its collateral damage that turns people into refugees – particularly women and children- have been at the center of my work since 2003.


My videos deal with topics ranging from the death of my mother to personal worries and idiosyncrasies such as the invisibility of older women in the art world.



All Artworks:


Copyright © Grace Graupe-Pillard. All rights reserved.


Courtesy David Richard Gallery.

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