Abrosia, Trudy Benson

Trudy Benson makes large colorful, textural paintings littered with sprays, swipes and squeezed paint. They read a little like a chess game, each move carefully calculated to permit the next move on the surface, the way she uses paint precludes any fuss or adjusting so there's a boldness to each gesture.
James Kalm interviewed Benson at her show at Freight + Volume. They talk about her influences and her fetishization of paint. Thomas Micchelli, Hyperallergic, reviewed her most recent show at Horton Gallery describing her paintings as
Her raucously impastoed paintings, as luscious as they are jarring, are abstraction as sheer ebullience — ambrosia for anyone open to the innate pleasures of color, texture, line and shape
...she confounds the painting’s spatial logic by organizing the forms painted on the top layer of canvas — full-bodied elements that would ordinarily reside on the surface: a convex, black-to-yellow banded belt; an extended smear of pinkish-gray; a powder-blue crescent; a delicate, skittering string of light, peachy orange — as if they were drifting behind the cutout. The violated picture plane ends up as an extreme workout in push-pull that would probably send Hans Hofmann spinning in his grave.


Acrylic, enamel, spray paint & oil on panel
16x20" / 40.6x50.8cm
Trudy Benson, “Fill With Color” (2012). Acrylic, enamel, spray paint and oil on panel, 36 x 40 inches

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Acrylic, enamel, spray paint & oil on canvas
63x68" / 160x172.7cm


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