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Selected Solo Exhibitions:
2009        Open Studios, Pro Arts, Berkeley, CA

2008        Contemporary Still Life, OSKAR Corporate Headquarters, Berkeley, CA
        Art Walk, ActivSpace Studios, Berkeley, CA
        Open Studios, Pro Arts, Berkeley, CA

2007        Art Walk, ActivSpace Studios, Berkeley, CA

2006        Contemporary Still Life, Offices of Claudia Weitkemper, El Cerrito, CA

2004         Contemporary Still Life, Louis Siegriest Gallery, Oakland, CA
        Art Walk, ActivSpace Studios, Berkeley, CA

2002        Garden Life: Pastel Paintings, Albion Post Office, Albion, CA

Selected Group Exhibitions:     

2009        Habitude, UC Berkeley Extension Center, San Francisco, CA
        Members Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
        
2008        Members Showcase, Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA

2000        Annual Exhibition, Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
        Rotunda Gallery, UC Berkeley Extension Center, San Francisco, CA
        Pastel Exhibition, UC Berkeley Extension Center, San Francisco, CA

Commissions:

2009        The Golden State, Private Collection, Greenbrae, CA

2008        Big Blue, Private Collection, Berkeley, CA

Education:

2009        Mentorship with painter Mel Prest
2006 - 2009    Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA
2005 - 2008    California College of the Arts Extension, Berkeley & San Francisco, C A
2004 - 2008    University of California Berkeley Extension, San Francisco, CA
1978 - 1981    Laney College, Oakland, CA

Publications:

 2008    Weigert, Lili. “A Door, A Window, A Sink – Be Creative.”  San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 3rd 2008, Cover illustration, Section K

Corporate Collection:
2009        OSKAR, Corporate Headquarters, Emeryville, CA

The Ties that Bind Series:

In this series, I’m working from old family photographs. I know the identities of many of the people they depict, though some of the names are now lost to me. Poorly lit, badly composed and ever present, these banal images that chronicle our common experiences inspire me the most.

Mainly I am interested in emphasizing and exploring the psychological significance of body language; in observing the subtle interactions (or lack of) between family members and friends. Seemingly insignificant and innocent snap-shots reveal a great deal about the relationships between and among the subjects pictured.  I paint in oil on birch or Masonite panels because I like the solidity of wood and the organic slickness of oil.

When I first began the series, my intention was to paint only sibling groups. However, working on a painting of my brothers and I, it became clear that the basic dynamics of those relationships, photographed more than forty years ago, are still at play today. As I became more aware of the nuances I was exploring, I expanded the series to include many types of relationships:  parents and children, first dates, best friends and so on.

I purposefully do not include the details of individual faces; rather than portraying personalities, I emphasize body language to convey the dynamics of interactions.  Posed in archetypal, almost theatrical settings, these figures become characters from our collective memories, and we recognize ourselves in them.

Oil on Panel
2009
25 x 18
Oil on Panel
2009
21 x 25
Oil on Panel
2008
20 x 25
Oil on Panel
2009
28 x 28
Oil on Panel
2009
20 x 16

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