|Biography from Albuquerque Museum:|
|The painter Mala Breuer was born in Oakland, California December 21, 1927.|
a first semester of drawing and painting techniques at the San
Francisco Art Institute, Breuer was granted a scholarship and painted
abstractly in oil on canvas. She also studied with Clyfford
Still, Mark Rothko, Richard Diebenkorn, and David Park (1946-48).
She continued her training at the California College of Arts and Crafts
(1964-66 BFA), and San Francisco State University (1970 MA)
began teaching at San Francisco State University in 1968. From
1968 to 1977, she worked in color-field with thin washes of color
poured on wet canvas. This process was repeated many times on each
canvas. The direction of the paint was controlled by lifting the
edges of the canvas by the stretcher, with emphasis on the vertical
Following her work in color-field, Breuer turned to the
creation of panel series, in which acrylic paint was brushed onto
canvas. This change occurred while she was living and painting in
New York from 1976 to 1984.
In 1984 she began painting in New Mexico and returned to oil paint,
with the addition of beeswax, using a palette knife over clear acrylic
primed canvas. Vertical lines were first drawn in pencil, and she
used mathematical forms to separate and unite living form.
Andrea Escher, an intern at the
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