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Pamela Staker

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990, BFA

figurative, abstract, mixed-media



Pamela is a Chicago based artist---an abstract painter---in love with color, shape and gestural mark making. She received her BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and has received several grants and awards including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a CAAP Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections. Pamela has a work live space in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and shares the studio with her 2 big dogs and 3 cats - all rescue animals.


Pamela explores modernist inspired subject matter positioned within a contemporary context. Skirting the line between beauty and raw expression, she experiments with intense hues, bold color combinations and gestural line work. This work is spontaneous and energetic – starting simply with color and shape the work expands intuitively to include mixed media, unconventional materials and collage. Within a loose abstracted structure, Pamela works to maintain a certain purity of color and clarity of composition. She is interested in the formal exercise of pushing and balancing these combinations.

Modernist Studies (variable edition paintings)
These hybrid print/paintings are inspired by a series of small mixed media sketch studies, which have reproduced and painted in variable editions of 15. Each painting in the edition contains unique departures in color, gesture, composition and scale. These commissioned paintings range in size from 15 x 15 inches and can go as large as 90 x 90 inches.

Figurative Abstraction (painting)
Staker uses the figure as a structural means from which to build a composition, introduce line, discover shape and contain color. She is not interested in traditional depiction, but rather how the figure can be integrated and evolve into a more abstract expression.

Geometric Abstraction (painting)
Working with structure and shape these paintings are studies in composition and color. Staker draws Inspiration from textile and design along with influences from her own mixed media collage works. Pulling from shapes such as the houndstooth pattern, she repeats and breaks apart the rhythm while introducing abstract gestural and painterly elements.

Geometric Abstraction (work on paper)
These mixed media collage works are experimental studies using a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials such as duct tape, artist tape, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, screen print and vinyl wall covering. Focusing on simple shapes and a vibrant palette, Pamela builds playful abstractions that are meant to capture a sense of energy and movement embedded within a thought, feeling or idea.

Figurative Collage (work on paper)
Using fragments of figure drawings, geometric shapes, bold colors and a full range of materials, the artist is forever interested in how the varying elements combine, compete, repel and harmonize with each other.

Abstract Interiors (work on paper)
These mixed media collages are vibrant, energetic, playful small works that are experimental practices for reworking into larger paintings

Recent Exhibits

Pamela Staker participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2015 River North Gallery Walk
River North, see map for details
Nov, 2012 Open Studio Exhibition
PS Art Projects
Mar, 2011 Double Take
Chicago Art Source Gallery
Feb, 2009 "Frozen Emotive"- Group Show
The Robert Wayner / Black Walnut Gallery
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