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Ginny Howsam Friedman


For the past two years Ginny Howsam Friedman have mostly lived and worked in Dutchess County, Upstate New York. Where she cannot escape — the landscape.

Ginny Howsam Friedman’s work seeks a sweet spot combining the opposing forces of representation and abstraction, ie., an amalgamation of real and imagined elements coming together in a contemporary landscape painting.

One way it works is she uses an elevated perspective as a jumping-off spot. Another approach is to zoom in on detail. Enlarge these views — discover patterns, find shapes and negative spaces — look for lines and texture. Create a new moment that speaks to the environment—a memory overlap of many images.

The work uses as a touchstone a sense of nature that is experienced then moves toward abstraction.

Some inspirations are: cultivated farmland, ponds, streams, forests,  mountains, gardens or maybe a glimpse of a walking path.

Ginny Howsam Friedman tilts, moves, overlaps, interlocks, puts down and takes out shapes. Drawing is an important part of the paintings.

Layering oils, she also draws in oil as well as charcoal, graphite, stabilo and oil stick. She then wipes, scrapes and erases. Traces remain. Many turns at painting, drawing and amending are involved.

Landscape is a framework to hang her abstract painting on.

A final image is achieved by staying open to change and chance.

Ginny Howsam Friedman feels a need to make the familiar abstract yet emotionally transporting.


Ginny Howsam Friedman received a BFA with Honors from Pratt Institute.  She has studied at the 92nd Street Y/Eric Fischl Master Class,

The Woodstock School of Art, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, the New York Studio School, the JVS Project Space and the Art Students League.

Howsam Friedman is represented in private collections all over the country and has exhibited widely.

SELECTED HIGHLIGHT

2022  Geary Gallery Darien CT, Featured Artist

2022  The Pinkwater Gallery Kingston

2022 ASK (Art Society of Kingston)

2022 NAWA Juried Small Works

2022 NAWA Juried “Where I Want To Be”

2022 NAWA  Juried “Paths” exhibition

2022 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

2021 WAAM Juried Small Works

2021 New York Artists Equity: East Wing Project Space/Solo Show

2021 NAWA Juried Small Works

2021 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

2021 Katonah Museum of Art Juried Show

2020 WAAM “A Different Kind of Now”

2020 NAWA Juried Small Works

2020 Invitation: The Other Art Fair Brooklyn

2019 WAAM Juried Small Works

2019 NAWA One Art Space

2019 Saatchi Gallery Online

2019 Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery

2019 WAAM Juried Active Member

2018 New York Artists Equity:

Members Invitational

2018 The Other Art Fair Brooklyn

2018 WAAM “Surveying the Landscape”

2018 WAAM Juried Small Works

2017 The M Studio Gallery Millerton

2017 NAWA Juried Small Works

2017 Pleiades Gallery NYC Solo Show

2016 Locust Grove Poughkeepsie Solo Show

2016 Center for Contemporary Printmaking

2015 Pratt Institute Dekalb Gallery

2015 Carter Burden Gallery NYC

2014 Garrison Arts Center Juried Small Works

2013 Hyde Collection “Artists of the Mohawk

Hudson Region” Glens Falls