Rachel Bess makes small, detailed oil paintings using traditional techniques. The starting point for many of her paintings is the turmoil that is so often a part of the mortal experience. Whether this occurs between people, between people and their surroundings, or is strictly internal, the adventure of living is wrought with these conflicting moments of pride, fear, sadness, and hostility. Although many of her paintings have a narrative quality, the outward story is simply the visual mechanism that enables her to paint the tensions and heightened moods that can be read in the subjects.
Contemporary Forum (CF), the support organization that fosters a greater understanding of contemporary art at Phoenix Art Museum, has given the Mid-Career Artist Award annually over the past few years. The award was meant to recognize a professional Arizona artist whose work demonstrates a sustained degree of excellence and commitment. These efforts to recognize and support such artists are now made stronger by Mr. and Mrs. Scult, who have made a generous endowment towards The Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award.
The recipient is chosen by a jury from a competitive pool of candidates who are nominated by current CF members. The 2014 recipient of The Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award is Rachel Bess. Her work will be on display in the Rineberg Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum.
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Left: Rachel Bess, Adventure Taking a Turn (detail). Oil on panel, 12" X 16”. Image courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix.
Middle: Rachel Bess, Rotting Figs, 2014 (detail). Oil on panel, Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix.
Right: Rachel Bess, Paper Snake, 2015 (detail). Oil on panel, Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Phoenix
This exhibition is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.
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