Pamela Staker is a Chicago based abstract painter with a concentration in large-scale paintings, mixed media works on paper, and commissioned artworks. Her work/live space is in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and she shares the studio with her German Shepherd Dog and 2 cats - all rescue animals. Staker 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. She was recently featured in a Chicago Tribune article from July 27, 2014 by Rick Kogan “Painting put artist’s life back on track” and in an artist interview with Saatchi Online. Pamela is represented by Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa and has works in numerous private and corporate collections.
At their core Pamela Staker’s paintings and works on paper are about joy. They are a performance of sorts – spontaneously choreographed – playful and sensitive – free-flowing within the bounds of carefully constructed compositions. She starts by imposing a consistent set of parameters for each work including limiting her palette, and creating strong architectural underpinnings. Within this structure Pamela advances the work by allowing herself a great deal of freedom in her paint handling - applying her marks quickly and with a confidence that is intuitive and decidedly unfussy.