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Phyllis Bramson

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Bramson
Little Miss, 2007 © Courtesy the Artist
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Everywhere it Takes Me (remorse must wait), 2011 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 70" X 60"
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Rules of Conduct vs. Sentimental Realities, 2011 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 66" X 54"
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Reluctant Bride, 2008 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 60" X 70"
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Heat Seekers, 2008 Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas 60" X 60"
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The Secret Life of People Who Care, 2011 Mm, O/c 60" X 70"
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It's an Old Story...But a New Day, 2012 Mixed Media, Collage, and Oil on Canvas 54" X 66" © Courtesy of the artist and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery
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Between the Falling in Love Parts, 2013 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 70" X 60"
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Paramours and Mischief (at night), 2011 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 54" X 64"
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Paramours and Mischief (in the afternoon), 2011 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 67" X 54"
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In Praise Of Folly—The Offering, 2013 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 36" X 36"
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In Praise Of Folly—Spider, 2013 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 36" X 36"
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In Praise Of Folly—The Maze Speaks, 2013 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 36" X 36"
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In Praise Of Folly—The Parrot Knows, 2013 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 36" X 36"
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In Praise Of Folly—Melancholy Abstraction, 2013 Oil, Mixed Media on Canvas 36" X 36"
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Red Rose, 2013 Mixed Media on Canvas 48 X 48 Inches © Phyllis Bramson
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A Day in Jane's Life, 2007 Mixed Media, Collage on Paper 55" × 41"
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A Day in Dick's Life, 2007 Mixed Media, Collage on Paper 55" × 41"
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Eve, 2013 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 48" × 48"
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What Went Wrong? , 2004 Mixed Media on Canvas 70" × 50"
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Mary, Mary is Quite Contrary, 2013 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 36" × 36"
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Picassoisms (Femme Fatales #1) , 2013 Picassoisms (femme Fatales #1), 2013 48" × 48" Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 48" × 48"
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Sleeping Beauty (Springtime Story) , 2013 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 36" × 36"
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The Collector’s Collection, (all that he owns!) , 2014 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 72" × 60"
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The Apprentice Geisha, 2014 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 72" × 66"
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The Spider Came a Call'in, 2013 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 36" × 36"
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3 Dilettante Artists (The Love of Outsiders), 2013 Mixed Media and Collage on Canvas 64" × 70"
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The Buddha with a Past, 2006 Mixed Media Sculpture: 19" × 16" × 13" Scroll: 60" × 16"
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The Buddha with a Past (detail), 2006 Mixed Media Sculpture: 19" × 16" × 13" Scroll: 60" × 16"
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Lovemaking at the End of Springtime (Male), 2006 Mixed Media Sculpture: 18" × 8" × 18" Scroll: 60" × 10"
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Lovemaking at the End of Springtime (male) (detail), 2006 Mixed Media Sculpture: 18" × 18" × 8" Scroll: 60" × 10"
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Lovemaking at the End of Springtime (female), 2006 Mixed Media Overall: 21" × 18" × 10" Scroll: 82" × 10"
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Lovemaking at the End of Springtime (female) (detail), 2006 Mixed Media Sculpture: 21" × 18" × 10" Scroll: 82" × 10"
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Stories Before Bedtime (tales of love), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 21" × 21" × 12" Scroll: 53" × 21"
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Stories Before Bedtime (tales of love) (detail), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 21" × 21" × 12" Scroll: 53" × 21"
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Transportation of a Wounded Lover, 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 25" × 16" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 18"
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Transportation of a Wounded Lover (detail), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 25" × 16" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 18"
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A Glimpse of Paradise, 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 20" × 16" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 16"
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A Glimpse of Paradise (detail), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 20" × 16" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 16"
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Her Longings (His Desire), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 36" × 15" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 15"
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Her Longings (His Desire) (detail), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 36" × 15" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 15"
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Seasonal Lovers (a blameless condition), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 25" × 15" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 18"
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Seasonal Lovers (a blameless condition) (detail), 2015 Mixed Media Sculpture: 25" × 15" × 13" Scroll: 53" × 18"
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WCA Lifetime Award Winner 2014
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Chicago Cultural Center
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Chicago Cultural Center
Quick Facts
Lives in
Chicago, IL
Works in
Chicago, IL
Representing galleries
Tags
narrative painting, figurative
Statement


"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.