Deborah Lynn Irmas

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Hold Me Up 2, 2015 Mixed Media 36" X 36"
Hold Me Up, 2014 Mixed Media 36" X 36"
Only One, 2015 Mixed Media 36" X 36"
Pins 2, 2014 Mixed Media 36" X 36"
Quick Facts
Lives in
Santa Monica
Works in
Santa Monica
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Otis College of Art and Design
printmaking/monotype painting abstract


Influenced by the aesthetic sensibilities of my mother, an artist and a seamstress, my work reflects the efforts of generations of artists whose work was dismissed as being purely decorative.  I present my love of shape, color, painterly textures and the tactile qualities of fabric, within a minimalist framework.  I am inspired by the artists Agnes Martin and Sol Lewitt and I am devoted to the further exploration of minimalism.



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. Presently, I am working on large scale mixed-media paintings.



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 2011-2015




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

ArtShare LA Group Show 2014

Santa Monica Art Studios 10th Anniversary Group Show 2014

MAS Attack 7 - curated by Max Presneill  Group Show 2014

LAAA/Gallery 825 - curated by Sarah Russin (LACE)  Group Show "ADORN" 2015

MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art)  Group Auction/Exhibition  2015

SMMA (Santa Monica Museum of Art)  Incognito 2015

Venice Art Walk 2015

LAAA/Gallery 825 - curated by Cris McCall, McCall Art Advisory  Group Show "Small Time" 2015

LAAA/Gallery 825 - Benefit Auction 2015



Clifton Webb Scholarship- UCLA

Award of Merit- Society of Illustrators

Barnsdall Open Call

Galex 43

LAAA/Gallery 825 submission 2014