Now Representing: Phyllis Bramson

Escorting a Heart Sick Lover, 2021
mixed media and collage on canvas
54 x 54 in 137.2 x 137.2 cm
In the studio I don’t practice good behavior. I maim; I raid; I give myself freedom.” - Phyllis Bramson

ENGAGE Projects is excited to announce that Chicago artist and educator Phyllis Bramson will be joining our family of artists. A visual storyteller of romantic folly, tragedy, and comedic relief, Bramson is a surrealist painter best known for her maximalist style and cosmic disorder. Bramson received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1963 followed by her MA in Painting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1964 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1974.
​Young Pinocchio in Love, 2020
mixed media and collage on canvas
60 x 50 in 152.4 x 127 cm
A self-described “painter-comedian,” Bramson’s palette is a colorful array of beauty, humor, love, and lust. Bramson is a Rococo artist of the present day with an acute awareness for painting’s long history of male-gaze media. Engaging with imagery that depicts women as objects of affection rather than humans of individual agency, Bramson flips this narrative on its head by centering women’s empowerment and pleasure with her erotic anecdotes. The female figure is often enlarged in Bramson’s compositions, with male characters depicted in supporting or subservient roles such as holding the subject’s skirt. Her paintings carry an air of consciousness for proper decorum while at the same time contesting these traditions of etiquette and prescribed gender roles. She says, “In the studio I don’t practice good behavior. I maim; I raid; I give myself freedom.” It is this self-emancipatory action that characterizes her practice, connecting deeply with a feminist audience. You can read her interview with Lise McKean in Bad at Sports here.
Feminine Mapping (but it's not her world), 2022
mixed media and collage on canvas
70 x 60 in 177.8 x 152.4 cm
Bramson has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (1993), the Rockefeller Foundation (1997), and the National Endowment for the Arts (1976 and 1983) among others. She has shown work in galleries and museums in the U.S. and internationally including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, and the Rockefeller Center for Studio Arte in Bellagio, Italy. Bramson’s work is part of numerous private and public collections such as The Bronx Museum of Arts, Rhode Island School of Art and Design Museum, and the Chazen Museum of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to name a few. Bramson serves as an advisor to MFA students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
​For Whom the Shoe Fits (Cinderella), 2019
mixed media and collage on canvas
60 x 50 in 152.4 x 127 cm

Jean Alexander Frater in Think Pinker
Curated by Beth DeWoody | GAVLAK Los Angeles

In other news, Jean Alexander Frater will be featured in Think Pinker, a show at GAVLAK in Los Angeles curated by Beth DeWoody. The show will open on Saturday, February 11th and continues through March 25, 2023! DeWoody continues her positive impact on emerging artists and her contribution to the global arts community with this next venture into curation at GAVLAK. Living and working in Chicago, Illinois, Alexander Frater dedicates her practice to experimentation with the physical properties of painting, and the inherent—and overlooked—objecthood of two-dimensional works. Don’t forget Jean Alexander Frater and Margaret Welsh will also be in Palm Beach tonight for Arts & Conversations with Director Jennifer Armetta to talk about their work and current show Centered. up at ENGAGE Projects now!
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