Pia Fries (b. 1955, Switzerland; based in Dusseldorf, Germany) is internationally acclaimed as an undaunted and intrepid painter, whose exuberant paintings integrate silkscreened facsimiles of 17th-century Baroque and Mannerist prints and the gestural rigor and emotional depth of Abstract Expressionism with a contemporary sensibility. Fueled with formidable skill and an adventurous spirit, Fries’ paintings, characterized by audacious color and thick, pulsating pigment applied with brushes, spatulas, and palette knives, represent a hybrid fusion of painting and printmaking, figuration and abstraction, and tradition and innovation-through the lens of the 21st century.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 5:00-8:00 PM
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image: Pia Fries (German, b. Switzerland 1955) Fahnenbild b, 2012. Oil on panel, 48 7/8 x 66 7/8 inches. Collection of Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz.