Racine artist Maureen Fritchen

Fritchen, detail studio installation

Maureen Fritchen works exclusively with shape, form and texture. She’s inspired by the colors and textures in nature, but the most interesting thing for me about her paintings is the way that she suggests directional movement even when the pictorial space in her compositions is very shallow. If you come across her work in local exhibitions, be sure to get close to the surfaces of the paintings; they are often embedded with bits of interesting stuff that you will miss if you don’t.  I visited her studio a few weeks back have only a few jpgs of her work.

Fritchen, Untitled (2011)

Fritchen, untitled painting

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

5 Responses to Racine artist Maureen Fritchen

  1. jerry belland says:

    Maureen is a very sophisticated artist. Her studio is a work of art unto itself.

  2. Mark Vian says:

    To “shape, form and texture” might we add, “scale”?

    • Mark, You are so right about this. When I was talking to Maureen in her studio I found that scale was the most important issue. We spent so much time talking about the relationship between the body of the viewer and the paintings as an object and the impact of this issue on how the abstract images read. You are so right.

      • Mark Vian says:

        Would love to be able to visit her studio. all those wild bristles…

  3. Mark, You’re welcome to visit anytime.

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