Adele Travisano

I received a MFA at Pratt Institute, in 1968, where I studied with George McNeil, who was a student of Hans Hofmann. Therefore, I consider myself a product of the 20th century New York school of Abstract Expressionism.

Although my work is representational, it explores the plasticity of paint; the push pull of space; the defining of form, space and light by color; and the movement and rhythm of color throughout. I am unabashedly in love with paint and the painterly.

All of my paintings are really portraits: gardens, vegetables, fruits, seashells, and rocks. These are subjects that want to be painted, not simply represented in oils on a canvas, but made again in such a way that shows, along with their outward appearance, the life that is in them. Therefore my painting process is about the transformation of life and energy into paint.

My work has appeared in galleries and museums in New England, New York, and New Jersey, including Acme Fine Art Gallery on Newbury St. in Boston, the Cherry Stone Gallery in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and the William Benton Museum in Storrs, Connecticut. In addition to one-woman shows, I have exhibited my paintings in group shows which included works by Hans Hofmann, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Berenice Abbott, Edwin Dickinson, Red Grooms, Louise Bourgeois, Robert Beauchamp, Will Barnet, Jack Tworkov, and Tobi Kahn, among others. My work may be found in collections nationwide, including those of Graham Gund and the Bank of America.