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Debra Ramsay

1957 United States

14 Works exhibited

Current location

New York City

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Debra Ramsay is an American abstract artist who creates acrylic paintings, drawings and installations that explore the conceptual interplay between color, line and surface. She lives and works in New York City.


Education

Ramsay graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1984 then earned her BA from Brooklyn College in 1986. She also attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, graduating in 1999. She's been awarded residencies with the Albers Foundation and The Golden Family Foundation, both in New York, and the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy.


Technique

Ramsay's technique begins with an idea. From there she chooses the appropriate medium and method with which to realize her concept. Much of her work is painted with acrylic paint applied to polyester film, paper or museum board.

Ramsay's process engages a systematic, mathematical approach heavily influenced by color. She interacts with nature, documents the shifting colors of elements of the natural environment, such as landscapes, fruit, leaves and trees. Often, she returns to the same exact spot at different periods throughout the year, documenting the shifting colors over time.
Back in the studio, she then feeds the colors she documents into a computer program, analyzing them and using the analyses to mix paint.
The resulting work presents an abstraction of specific spaces or objects in time, informed by mathematics and explored through geometry and color.


Inspiration

Ramsay's work is informed by nature, the seasons, changing landscapes and the passing of time. She is inspired by systems, mathematics and geometry, and engaged in the practice of applying those fields of thought to the abstract interpretation of color, space and time. Her work is heavily influenced by a quote from the German-born, American abstract artist Josef Albers: "There is a profound harmony in the immeasurable spectrum of color."


Relevant quotes

In February of 2015, Carl Belz of the Left Bank Art Blog wrote about Debra Ramsay, saying:

“(Her) vertical clusters and horizontal stacks recall color field paintings from the 1960s by Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland. Debra Ramsay mentioned her…interest in creating an “ego-less” art… a radical ambition at a time when individual empowerment and expression are everywhere promoted in our culture…Against such excess Debra Ramsay sounds an alternative note in describing herself as a meditative agency, “a conduit for the arrangement of shape and the placement of color…”


Exhibitions

Ramsay's work has been extensively exhibited in numerous solo and group shows across the United States, as well as in Italy, Thailand and Germany. She has been written about and interviewed in the press.


Collections

Ramsay's work is included in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections, including those of Alliance Bernstein, New York and the Ritz Carlton, Dubai.

Solo Exhibitions

2018

BRATTLEBORO MUSEUM, Brattleboro, VT

2016

ODETTA, Brooklyn, NY

2013

MAT/tam, Palazzo Costa, Mantova, Italy, curated by Lucio Pozzi

2012

DESIRE LINES , Blank Space Art, NY, NY

2009

BALANCING ACT, Blank Space, NY, NY

2008

BOUNDARY, eo Art Lab, Chester, CT

2007

OPENING TO PERCEPTION, Franklin 54, New York, NY

 

Group Exhibitions

2018

BLACK BOX  Saarlandisches Kunstlerhuas, Saarbrucken, DE
EXQUISITE PALETTE, Tacit Galleries, Melbourne, AU
REDUCTIVE NON OBJECTIVE, Philadelphia, PA

2017

EXTENDED PROCESS, Saturation Point Projects, Deptford, UK
RE-INSTITUTE, Millerton, NY
THREE SHELF REDDER, 325 Space, Ridgewood, Queens
OPPLER, Transmitter, Brooklyn, NY

2016

LAND, AIR, SPACE, ProjectARTspace, NY, NY

57 W 57 th Arts, NY, NY

2015

VOLUME 2 BLACK & WHITE, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY

ABSTRACTION, Art Garage, Cheshire, CT

ALEX PAIK & DEBRA RAMSAY, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

TERRITORY OF ABSTRACTION, Pentimenti Gallery, PA

MATERIAL ATTRACTION, NYIT School of Architecture and Design, New York, NY

2014

LANDSCAPE AS TIME, Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden/Pocket Utopia, NY, NY

THE BRUCENNIAL, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY, NY

MADE IN PAINT, Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY

DOPPLER SHIFT, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ

2013

SESSION ONE, Pocket Utopia Gallery, NY, NY, curated by Austin Thomas

RITUALS OF EXHIBITION II, H Gallery, Chaing Mai, Thailand

DOPPLER STOP, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY

DUAL ZONES, Key Projects Art Space, New York, NY

ANONYMOUS DRAWINGS 2013, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

RITUALS OF EXHIBITION, Phayao, Thailand, curated by Giles Ryder and Gilbert Hsiao

2012

ENCAUSTIC WORKS BIENNIAL ’12, The Gallery at R &F, Kingston, NY

TEMPORARY ART MANTO, a series of brief exhibitions, curate d/organized by Lucio Pozzi and Annarosa Buttarelli, Italy

MAKING ROOM, Institute Library, New Haven, CT

DOPPLER STOP, curated traveling group show. Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Zagreb

Grimshaw - Gudewicz Art Gallery, Jackson Arts Center, Fall River, MA

TEXTILITY, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Summit, NJ

2011

VISUAL PHRASING, Maloney Art Gallery, College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ

AN EXCHANGE WITH SOL LEWITT, Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA

2010

ILLUSIVE BALANCE: TRANSCENDENTAL PATTERN AND LAYERED SURFAC E Balance: Transcendental Pattern and Layered Surface" Mabel Smith Douglass Library at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

ENCAUSTIC INVITATIONAL, Westchester Community College Center For The Arts, White Plains, NY

2009

32nd SMALL WORKS, NYU Washi ngton Square East Gallery, Daniel Ferris, Juror, NY, N

“IN THE MIDDLE” eo Art Lab, Chester, CT

Metaphor Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

2008

SMALL PACKAGES 14, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

GROUP EXPERIMENT, eo Art Lab, Chester, C T

CALCULATING ART, MATHEMATICS IN THE VISUAL FIELD, Maloney Gallery, College of St Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, Virginia Butera, PhD curator

2007

12 x12, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Az

Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

MOSTLY WHITE , Franklin 54 Gallery, N Y, NY

FROM MINIMUM TO MAXIMUM , Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

NATIONAL ENCAUSTIC CONFERENCE , Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

2 ND ANNUAL ENCAUSTIC INVITATIONAL , Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, AZ

2006

Lascano Ga llery, Great Barrington, MA

2005

Incognito, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA

Franklin 54 Gallery, NY, NY

Rochford & Messick Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Guild Hall Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY

Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY

Group Show, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY

2004

Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Looking In Looking Out, Paul Mellon Arts C enter, Wallingford, CT

Abstraction, Graphics Gallery, NY, NY

2002

Catcalls, NYC Urban Experience Museum, NY, NY

2000

George Waters Gallery, Elmira College, Elmira, NY

Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

1998

Sitka Invitational, Po rtland, OR

Regional Invitational, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

1997

Landscape Invitational, Sunbird Gallery, Bend, OR

1996

16th Annual Northwest Int’l, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, WA

1995

Of the Nature of Water, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

1994

All Oregon Art Annual, Oregon State Fair, Salem, OR

Love and the Body Politic, Women’s Caucus for Art, Beaverton, OR

1993

Celebrating the Instinctual Self, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Issues of Color and Ge nder, Tarlton State University, Stephenville, TX

1992

Depth and Diversity in Recent American Art, Bemus Point, NY

Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, OR

  • Interview by Valerie Brennan, Studio Critical ( Blog ), December 16, 2013
  • Painters' Table ( Blog ), December 2013
  • Gopnik, Blake. Daily Beast, Daily Pic, Hudson River School, 2.0, (Blog), October 3, 2013
  • Behnke, Paul. Structure and Imagery: A Subtle Marking of Time and Distance, (Blog), September 15, 2013
  • Encaustic Works ’12, A Biennial Exhibition in Print, Gallery at R&F, Kingston, New York, 2012
  • Textility , Visual Art Center of New Jersey, Summit, NJ, 2012
  • Orepuk, Roland. Art Built Reductive (Blog), November 6, 2010
  • Mattera, Joanne. Coincidentally: Ramsay and Mann, (Blog), October 28, 2009
  • R&F Handmade Paints Artist of the Month, RFPaints Blog, Dec ember 1, 2009
  • Debra Ramsay’s Art Influences, Lisa Pressman’s Art Blog, November 14, 2009
  • Coincidentally: Ramsay and Mann, Joanne Mattera Art Blog, October 28, 2009
  • Ed McCormack, Gallery & Studio Magazine, February/March 2007
  • Calyx, A journal of Art and Literature by Women, Vol. 22, no.3, Summer 2005
  • ‘The Hand as Icon,’ Newport News - Times, June, 1999
  • Donna Tennant, Best of the West, Ancient Connections, Southwest Art, September 1997
  • Donna Tennant, Best of the West, Cutting - E dge Landscapes, So uthwest Art August, 1997
  • Kathleen Alaks, Wiseman broadens 1st Friday with three abstractionist’s work, Daily Courier, November 1995
  • Kevin Francis, Deb Ramsay:”Elements of Life - Water,” Willamette Week, September, 1995

Works by Debra Ramsay

Order by

2020

50 x 31.5 cm

SOLD

2020

13.5 x 21 x 2 cm

650,00 €

2020

27 x 21 cm

1000,00 €

2015

28 x 21.6 cm

500,00 €

2016

21 x 13.3 cm

600,00 €

2016

13.3 x 21 cm

600,00 €

2014

101.6 x 83.8 cm

SOLD

2015

50.8 x 40.6 cm

600,00 €

2015

40.6 x 50.8 cm

600,00 €

Sky

2016

76.2 x 33 cm

SOLD

2014

41.7 x 61 cm

1500,00 €

2014

41.7 x 61 cm

SOLD

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