Ann Phelan

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(415) 464-7824

Neighborhood: Hunters Point Shipyard
Group Affiliation: Hunters Point Shipyard

In my painting, I choose color intuitively, as it brings me to surprises along the way that appear in the form of figures. Although a story can appear in my painting, I don’t deliberately set out for a literal narrative expression. The painting process brings me an element of chance and is process-oriented. My work carries an element of play, even with ominous subject matter. My paintings often relate to the realms of dream-states with a fairy-tale like symbolism and a color-palette close to European painting that can be attributed to my great grandfather Wickenden, an antiques and art dealer in Auvers-sur-Oise who sold work of Corot and Daubigny. My favorite support material is paper that encourages my spontaneous approach. In addition to acrylics, my mediums are oil on panel and canvas.

Ann Phelan was born in San Francisco and is a graduate from Barnard College, NY, where she studied art history and studio practice. Phelan’s work has been exhibited since the 1990’s. Recently her work was included in shows at a gallery in Zurich at Kulturfolger, and at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco. While sharing a studio with Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the early 90‘s her artwork was influenced by his mentorship. The artist works out of her studio in Hunters Point and Pt. Reyes and lives in Inverness, CA with her daughter and husband.

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