Second Summit, 2022, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches
Shooting Star, 2022, oil on panel, 16 x 16 inches
Waves, 2021, oil on panel, 32 x 24 inches
Yellow, 2022, oil on panel, 30 x 21 inches
Atheist's Prayer, 2021, oil on panel, 40 x 32 inches
Five Places, 2022, oil on panel, 24 x 24 inches
Forecast, 2022, oil on panel, 30 x 21 inches
Band, 2022, oil on linen, 40 x 40 inches
Lilacs, 2022, oil on panel, 30 x 21 inches
The poet John Keats wrote that there were three ways to consider ethereal things: as real, as semi-real, and as nothings. The sun, moon, stars, and writings of Shakespeare were his examples of the real. Love and clouds fell under the semi-real to him. The third category, nothing, has as its example the cooperation of what he calls a pursuer. How this ethereal non-thing is pursued, considered, and cherished by someone is what makes it valuable. Abstract painting, itself an unworldly pursuit, could fall under all three categories, but it seems especially at home in the third. Maybe it is because abstract artists have no way of knowing what they are after until they have found it, and then they could not live without it. This pursuit, this effort to remove the opposition between a painter and a painting, is what occurs every day over a lifetime in the studio. I want the self, the act, and the painting to be one, and if I am very fortunate, the viewer is part of this too.
Rebecca Purdum has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for nearly forty years. Her paintings are in many public collections, including those of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire; and the List Visual Arts Center at MIT. She has received many grants, most recently from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. Rebecca was honored to be a part of the inaugural exhibition at the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation in New York City in 2019, and to be recognized with a solo exhibition at the New York Studio School of Painting and Sculpture in 2021. The Tilton Gallery in New York City highlighted thirty years of her work in the spring of 2022.