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 Lorraine Shemesh  (1949 - )

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Lived/Active: New York      Known for: super real figure-genre, abstraction

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Having earned a reputation for contemporary realism, especially figurative works of subjects in and around swimming pools, Lorraine Shemish turned to gestural, abstract painting in the mid 1990s after seeing an exhibition of Jackson Pollock's work at New York's Museum of Modern Art. After this change in approach, her figural depictions are still recognizable, but they are abstracted and devoid of narrative meaning.

Shemish had her first solo show with the Stone Gallery in May 1983.
Note from Claudia Stone:

Lorraine Shemesh is a figurative painter best known for her "Painted Pool" series. Here, being true to nature enables Shemesh to record a dazzling array of painterly gestures, some of them squarely within the tradition of Abstract Expressionism.

Shemesh is a skilled artist, but that isn't all - she's also interested in showing how the body transcends the physical limitations of place. Her use of abstract effects in the service of representation is striking and makes her art complex.

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