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Judith Foosaner

Untitled Graphite Drawing by Judith Foosaner, 1982

Judith Foosaner was born in Sacramento, California in 1940. In 1964, she received her BA in English from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as her MA in Art in 1968. After completing her education Foosaner remained in the Bay Area, where she continued to paint and began teaching. Foosander taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland from 1970-75, 1977-1993, and most recently from 2003-04. She also taught briefly at UC Berkeley from 1975-77, Wimbledon School of Art in London in 1993, and the University of California at Davis in 2002.

Foosaner has received many awards including the Yaddo Fellowship in 1983 in Saratoga Springs, New York, and the Fellowship for Artist in Residence in 1989 at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and her work can be found in collections throughout the country.

Foosaner views herself as “an unrepentant modernist.” She pays special attention to the rhythm and “feel” of both her own body and the canvas before her while she works. After she creates her sequence of lines, she scrubs back into them with medium using a dull brush, creating a blur effect. These distinct, luminous lines with varied degrees of definition are what Foosaner is most known for. Her work represents solid earthly qualities as well as vivid atmospheric airiness, and the ultimate duality between. Her constant search for the creation of movement is produced by her spontaneous construction of shadow and light.

Artist’s Statement

Judith Foosaner Official Website

Artist’s Statement, Sazama Gallery Catalog

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