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.
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:
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