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Ginny Howsam Friedman

For the past two years, Ginny Howsam Friedman has mostly lived and worked in Dutchess County, Upstate New York, where she happily cannot escape the landscape!

Howsam Friedman’s  sweet spot in landscape painting combines the opposing forces of representation and abstraction. The result is an amalgamation of real and imagined elements coming together in a contemporary landscape painting.

She uses an elevated perspective as a jumping-off spot when creating her pieces. Another approach is to zoom in on detail. She enlarges these views and discovers patterns, finds shapes and negative spaces, and looks for lines and texture. She creates a new moment that speaks to the environment—a memory overlap of many images.

She uses a sense of nature that is experienced as a touchstone, then moves toward abstraction. She draws some of her inspiration from cultivated farmland, ponds, streams, forests, mountains, gardens or maybe a glimpse of a walking path.

Howsam Friedman feels a need to make the familiar abstract, yet emotionally transporting. Through the painting process, loosely based on one or more figurative views, she creates an image of interlocking, overlapping and tilting shapes.  Drawing is an important part of the paintings. She layers in oils, as well as draws in oil, charcoal, graphite, stabilo and oil stick. She then wipes, scrapes and erases. She works the surface allowing traces to remain. Many turns at painting, drawing and amending are involved. A final image is achieved by staying open to change and chance.

She received a BFA with Honors from Pratt Institute. She also 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. In addition to this month’s exhibit at the Geary Gallery, this year she has exhibited at The Pinkwater Gallery, Kingston, NY, The Arts Society of Kingston, the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) Juried Small Works, NAWA Juried “Where I Want to Be, NAWA Juried “Paths” exhibition and the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.


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