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Deborah Lynn Irmas

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Lives in
Santa Monica

Works in
Santa Monica

Art Center, UCLA Extension, 1981, Illustration, Textile Design
UCLA (University of California Los Angeles)
Otis College of Art and Design

printmaking/monotype painting abstract




I am interested in both abstract and figurative forms and how they interact.  These forms sometimes develop an intricate and complicated relationship.  My process is monotype, a type of printmaking made by painting on a smooth surface, glass or copper plate.  The image is then transferred onto a sheet of paper by using a monotype printing press.  Monotyping is a unique process in that every print is one of a kind.  I often add sewing elements to the print symbolizing the handmade craftsmanship inherent in printmaking.



I was very fortunate to grow up with a mother who was a talented artist.  She encouraged me to explore art at a young age.  In the late 70’s I studied Fine Art at UCLA and I was influenced by my teacher Alexis Smith, as well as Laddie Dill and Chris Burden.  Upon graduating from UCLA I became interested in Graphic Arts.  Eventually, I started my own Graphic Design Firm and produced art ranging from brochures and logos to record covers and invitations.  In the mid-90’s I studied Textile Design and earned a 2-year extension degree at UCLA.  For 10 years I worked as a graphic artist and used my knowledge of these various disciplines.  Eventually, I went back to my roots as a fine artist and have been printmaking and painting since 2005.  Printmaking’s graphic elements are what fascinate me.  I am now also working on large scale paintings with abstract and graphic forms.



UCLA 1975-1980

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts

Otis/Parsons School of Art and Design 1981

Fashion Illustration

Art Center 1982

Graphic Design

UCLA Extension 1993-1995

Textile Design

Gary Paller 2008-2010


Tom Wudl Studio 2011-2013




Santa Monica  Art Studios (Santa Monica Airport)

Barnsdall Group Show (Winner) - 10 artists were chosen out of 900 artists

Santa Monica Fine Art Studios (West L.A.) Group Show

Galex 43, Galesburg Civic Art Center - chosen from juried panel

The American Juried Art Salon 2009 Spring/Summer Show

McClain's Printmaking Catalogue - Print chosen for publication

Soterik Project LA DTLA Art Walk 2011

Fresh Paint Art Advisors Representation 2011

Artspace Warehouse Group Show 2012

Pasadena Playhouse 2012

Venice Art Walk 2012

Venice Art Walk 2013

Arena 1 Santa Monica 2013

Open House Santa Monica Art Studios 2013

Venice Art Walk 2014

Artspace Warehouse Group Show 2014




Clifton Webb Scholarship- UCLA

Award of Merit- Society of Illustrators

Barnsdall Open Call

Galex 43

LAAA/Gallery 825 submission 2014



Recent Exhibits

Deborah Lynn Irmas participated in these exhibits:

Jun, 2014 Transforming Boundaries
Artspace Warehouse
Sep, 2013 Violetta
Santa Monica Art Studios
May, 2013 Venice Art Walk 2013
Google Los Angeles
May, 2012 Venice Art Walk 2012
Google Los Angeles
Jan, 2012 Visions and Horizons
Artspace Warehouse
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Artspace Warehouse Santa Monica Art Studios
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