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Phyllis Bramson

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Lives in
Chicago, IL

Works in
Chicago, IL


Representing galleries

narrative painting, figurative


"Love and Affection In a Troubled  World"
My paintings are infused with lighthearted arbitrariness and amusing anecdotes about love and affection in an often cold and hostile world.  Mostly, the work percolates forth life’s imperfections.  The paintings don’t take matters of decorum all that seriously, refusing to separate manners of taste from larger questions about ‘good behavior’.  Projecting reactions to all sorts of sensuous events, from the casual encounter to highly formalized exchanges of lovemaking (and everything in between), the paintings become miniaturized schemes which meander between love, desire, pleasure, tragedy and cosmic disorder.   The burlesque- like images and usually theatrical incidents, allow for both empathy and 'addled' folly, while projecting capricious irritability with comic bumps along the way.  Her visual sources remain those of Rococo and Chinoiserie of the 18th century as well as Chinese Pleasure Garden paintings and the French painters, Boucher and Fragonard.

"Bramson's ornate sense of spectacle with her theatrical use of pattern, decorative elements and filigree recall historic notions of the Rococo, but revisited by an artist cognizant of postmodern strategies of appropriation and multiple points of view, as well as the irony embedded in such contemporary concepts as kitsch."
Lanny Silverman, Former Chief Curator, Chicago Cultural Center.


Recent Exhibits

Phyllis Bramson participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2014 ReAnimate
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
Feb, 2014 The Women's Caucus for Art 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards
Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Sep, 2013 Inventory_The EAM Collection
Elmhurst Art Museum
Sep, 2013 Phyllis Bramson: Small Personal Dilemmas
Littlejohn Contemporary
Apr, 2013 Love and Affection in a Troubled World
Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
Jan, 2013 Vice + Virtue
NIU Art Museum
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