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Deanna Sirlin

1958 New York City, United States

3 Works exhibited

Current location

Atlanta, Georgia

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  • About the Artist
  • Curriculum Vitae

Deanna Sirlin is an American abstract artist best known for her gestural paintings and monumental installations. Her work prioritizes color. In her paintings, she explores how texture and composition affect color relationships. Through her installations, she dramatically alters physical environments, using color and light to challenge how viewers interact with space. She lives and works on a horse farm outside of Atlanta, Georgia.


Education

A native New Yorker, Sirlin began her art education at age six at the Brooklyn Museum Art School, now part of the Pratt Institute. She earned her B.A.in Art in 1978 from the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY), and her M.F.A. in Painting in 1980 from Queens College. Sirlin is a Yaddo Fellow, and in 2016 was the Rothko Foundation International Painting Symposium Artist in Residence.


Technique

Though primarily a painter, Sirlin adopts any medium that allows her to explore the relationships color has with form, composition and the physical environment. Her acrylic paintings exude a multitude of layers, building to vibrant, complex, textural surfaces. Her process sometimes involves manipulating the surface, allowing natural forces like gravity to affect the paint. Action is important to her mark making. Her brush is an extension of her body. The fluid brushstrokes are often the first elements of her paintings to catch the eye. Sirlin also works in collage and sculpture, creates public murals, writes extensively about art, and has adapted her imagery by using digital technology to create monumental works embedded in glass for windows, covering buildings in the United States, and Italy. 


Inspiration

Sirlin has said, "I think in terms of color, density, and the movement of stroke and light." She endeavors to make work that reflects the way she likes to live. She infuses her work with a search for positivity and lust for life, and has described her paintings as having a particular "pleasure of being." She is inspired by opportunities to translate her work into new mediums and new environments. Her paintings helped inspire her large-scale installations. In turn, the ways light and space interplay with the work on those projects inspires the way she engages with paint. Digital technology also affects the way she approaches her work.


Artist statement

In an interview with Quanda Rodriguez for Catalyst magazine, Sirlin said, “For me, making art is a search for self. With each stroke, I am rediscovering, circling and re-articulating myself. I continually dig deeper...But, most of all, these works express for me the pleasure of being in the world. I am reinventing that happiness in the language of painting.


Exhibitions

Work by Deanna Sirlin has been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in France, Italy, Great Britain, Germany, Turkey, Latvia and China.


Collections

Works by Sirlin are included in numerous institutional and private collections, including that of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, the Mark Rothko Centre in Daugavpils, Latvia, the Shenzhen Institute of Fine Arts in Shenzhen, China,  Kunsthaus Nurnberg, Germany, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.

Solo Exhibitions

2018   

Translucence, Gallery 72, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of Atlanta, GA

2015   

Honeycomb, LaGrange Museum of Art, LaGrange, GA

2015   

Upended, Neuer Worpsweder Kunstverein, Worpswede, Germany

2012   

Emergency Orange, M55 Art, LIC, NY

2012   

Under and Over, BOA gallery Atlanta, GA

2009   

Everything is Optional, Whitespace, Atlanta, GA

2006   

Circling. Centre for Recent Drawing, London, UK

2006   

Red Eye Love, Plus Gallery, Denver CO

2006   

Notes to Self, Ferst Center for the Arts, GA Tech, Atlanta GA

2005   

It’s All In My Head, Hartsfield- Jackson International Airport, Atlanta GA

2005   

Up to My Eyeballs Ty Stokes Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2004   

Gestures, Antalya Cultur Centre, Antalya. Turkey

2004   

New Work, Ty Stokes Gallery, Atlanta. GA

2003   

New Work, Saltworks Gallery,Atlanta, GA

2002   

The Arrangement of Things, Coach Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2001   

Punto di Fuga [Vanishing Point], Universita Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Venice,

2000   

After Painting, Laredo Center for the Arts, Laredo, TX

1999   

Retracings, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA

1999   

Retracing Retracing , Resource Forum, Atlanta, GA

1999   

Into the Blue, Solomon Projects, Atlanta, GA

1998   

In Retrospect: Paintings From the Last Decade, Buckhead Plaza, Atlanta

1996   

Quaternity, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

1995   

Forecasts, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville, TN

Hudgins Center, Duluth, GA

1994 

Between Heaven and Earth, The Autrey Mill Project, Alpharetta, GA.

1993 

Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1989 

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

1988 

Art Institute of Pittsburgh, PA

1987 

Omni Gallery, Atlanta , GA

1987 

Berry College, Rome, GA

1986 

Philip Morris Gallery, Richmond, VA

1986 

Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

1986 

Double Gallery, Norfolk, VA

1985 

Sarah Y. Rentschler Gallery, New York City

1985 

Long Island University Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1983 

Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY

1993 

The Johnson Factory, Johnson City, NY

1982 

Smedley’s Gallery, Ithaca, NY

1981 

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


Group Exhibitions

2017 

Group Show, Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York

2017 

Unanswered Letter with Lenka Clayton, Fabric Workshop And Museum, Philadelphia, PA

2016 

Painting Symposium, Mark Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia

2016 

Academy/Academia Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

2015 

Rooted, Many Cantor Center, New York City, NY

2015   

Selections from the Permanent Collection, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA

2014   

The New Museum, New York, NY. Draftsmen’s Congress. with Pawel Althamer

2013   

kleineaberKunst, Neuer Worpsweder Kunstverein, Worpswede, Germany

2012   

Billboard Project, Atlanta, GA

2011   

C-Flow, Elevate Atlanta, Office of Cultural Affairs, Atlanta, GA

2011   

Flux Projects, Atlanta, GA

2010   

5 +15 + 5, Ateilerhaus Bahnhof Sagehorn, Oyten, Germany

2010   

From Padies, Galerie 22, Toulouse, France

2009   

Majestic Sunrise, The Rialto ,Atlanta, GA

2007   

Genius Loci, Soranzo Cappello Palace, Venice, Italy

2007   

Viva Frieda, Whitespace Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2007   

Drawings, City Gallery East , Atlanta, GA

2006   

Color, Space 301 , Mobile, Alabama

2005   

Drawing Conclusions, Rialto curated by Karen Comer Lowe , Atlanta

2004   

Shenzhen Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, PR China

2004   

Multiple Views, Madelyn Jordan Fine Arts, Scarsdale , NY

2002   

Shenzhen Biennial, Guan Shanyue Art Museum, PR China

2002   

Kunsthaus Invitational, Heidenheim, Germany

2001   

New Orleans Triennial,Installation, New Orleans Museum of Art, LA

2000   

Collaborating Couples, Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

1997 

Tragic Wake: The Legacy of Slavery and the African Diaspora in Contemporary American Art,            

Spirit Square, Charlotte, NC  

1996 

Grace and Violence, Olympic Village, Atlanta, GA

1996 

Gone With the Wind, Taboo, Chastain Gallery , City of Atlanta

1994 

Kay Garvey Gallery, Chicago, IL

1994 

Martha Keats Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993 

GreenSpace, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA;

1992 

Atlanta Biennial, Nexus Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta,

1988 

Bowery Gallery, New York City

1987 

Vistas:The Panoramic Landscape, GW Einstein Gallery, NYC, NY

1987 

Landscape, 22 Wooster Street, New York City

1986 

New York Artists Reynolds/Minor Gallery, Richmond, VA

1986 

Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Newport News, VA (two-person)

1984 

New Scapes: Land and City/States of Mind, One Penn Plaza, NYC

1980 

Goldwin Ternback Museum, Flushing, Queens, NY



 

Works by Deanna Sirlin

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2017

158 x 158 cm

6050,00 €

2017

198.2 x 152.4 cm

10850,00 €

2016

196 x 223 cm

10850,00 €

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