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Alice Oh – "Adaptation/Equilibrium" – Recent Paintings

Exhibit opens September 7th in Rosemont College’s Lawrence Gallery

August 9, 2017, Rosemont, PA – Lawrence Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibit featuring the paintings of Alice Oh. The show, titled Adaptation/Equilibrium, will be on display from September 7 through October 12, 2017. An opening reception will take place Thursday, September 7 from 4 till 7 p.m. with an informal gallery talk at 4:30 p.m.

Alice OhAdaption/Equilibrium is an exhibit of Oh’s newest paintings in which she explores complex relationships in nature and their emotional and psychological impact. Using these non-objective works, she explains her process: “My paintings start with one shape at a time. I develop a painting vocabulary by meticulously painting many layers of oval shapes,” Oh said. “I then search for the delicate boundaries of the medium by introducing subtle shifts in transparency, opacity, and brilliance of color and light. The sense of space in my paintings is derived from the multilayered accumulation of oval shapes.” 

Alice Oh works using a unique artistic method that involves minimal planning. Instead, she focuses on allowing her paintings to develop naturally as a “dialogue” between the artist and her canvas. She often works on a series of paintings and/or drawings simultaneously. Greatly influenced by nature and biology, Oh is interested in the concurrence of macroscopic and microscopic life. These new non-objective paintings are both complex and compelling.

The artist has exhibited internationally, nationally, and locally. Selected venues have included the Yoshibishu Art Center in Japan, the Ceiba Grafica in Xalapa, Mexico, the International Fine Print Center in New York, the University of Hawaii, Franklin and Marshall College, Seraphin Gallery and others. Oh has also been the recipient of many prestigious awards over the years. For example: A Pew Fellowship Grant, a W.O.A and Seedling Grant from the Leeway Foundation, and a PA Council for the Arts Individual Artist Award in painting. She was also an Artist-In-Residence at the Bemis Center for contemporary art in Omaha, NE as well as the Vermont Studio Center.

Oh earned her Master of Fine Arts from Yale University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Currently she is a Professor of Fine Art at Moore College of Art and Design. She lives and works both in Philadelphia and in Seoul, South Korea.

Lawrence Gallery is located in Lawrence Hall on Rosemont College’s campus at 1400 Montgomery Avenue in Rosemont, PA. Lawrence Gallery is open Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. The Gallery is also open by appointment. For more info, please contact Patricia Nugent at or (610) 527-0200 x2310.

Image:  Adaptation/Equilibrium II, water-based mixed media on cotton canvas, 11 ½”x14”- 2017