Contemporary artist IRMA CERESE presents expressive landscapes
which sometimes border on the abstract, but her primary focus is on
color relationships. Color itself has always fascinated her and formed
the basis of her work, starting with the geometric abstractions she
worked on following her art school years. However, she found she
needed a concrete point of reference, both for herself and the viewer.
Landscape has provided that ever since, after a fifteen year hiatus
when she did not paint at all. Now she incorporates elements of the
natural world – trees, sky, earth, water, buildings – into an underlying
geometric structure, where some shapes are only loosely tethered to
the perceived world. Manipulating acrylic paint on a canvas with knife
and brush is an intense, visceral process for her and much is impro-
vised as the painting develops. She strives to produce work that is a
compelling visual experience in its own right, rather than to convey
information or to illustrate an idea.
She received her formal training at the Academy of Art and the School
of the Art Institute, both in Chicago, IL. Subsequently, she moved to
New York City, where she maintained a studio until 1985. During that
phase she was active in artist-run ventures and exhibited in several
commercial galleries as well. She was also employed in the health
insurance industry for some of that period. Following a move to the
Boston area, she spent time away from art-related activities until she
was able devote her energies exclusively to painting again. She cur-
rently lives and works in southeastern Massachusetts. Her work is
represented by the Landing Gallery, Rockland, ME; Edgewater Gallery,
Middlebury, VT; Woodstock Gallery, Woodstock, VT; Vermont Artisans
Design and Gallery Two, Brattleboro, VT; and Jules Place, Boston, MA.
She maintains juried membership in the Cambridge Art Association,
the South Shore Art Association, and the Cape Cod Art Association
Her award – winning work has been seen in juried, invitational, group
and solo exhibitions. It is in private, corporate, and institutional
collections in the United States and Europe.