The Quicksilver Mine Co.
© Sonoma's Own
New Abstract Paintings by Etta Deikman
May 29—July 5, 2009
"Deikman’s bold, colorful works soar upwards without care for Isaac Newton’s apples."
—Artweek, April 1999
Etta Deikman, who studied with John Ferren at the Brooklyn Museum School, Hans Hoffmann at the Hoffmann School of Art (NYC), and at Black Mountain College with Wilhelm de Kooning, is a staunch proponent of abstract painting.
"There is more possibility for multiple, individual, and personal meanings in nonrepresentational imagery," she says. "Paradoxically, the subject is apparent—right there in front of you. There is no place to hide. I find that daring, a bit daunting, and very exciting." Each brush stroke in Deikman's painting is distinctive, chosen, and intuitive. And as her work evolves, surprising relationships occur on canvas moving towards more and more complex levels of discovery.
Recent exhibitions by Etta Deikman include a solo retrospective at Bank of America in San Francisco in 2007; and one-woman shows at the Claudia Chapline Gallery, Stinson Beach; the University of Colorado (Boulder); the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, CA; and at Solano College in Solano, California.
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An opening reception for Deikman will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 4—6pm.
"Deikman takes painting seriously and you better believe it. She is invested in every line, but there is also a constant play between the line and the background … and it is in this interplay that Deikman has developed a syntax of her own."
—Tyson Underwood, Pacific Sun, January 1995