Colleen Brand

Colleen Brand

    Studio & Gallery

    Hatboro, PA

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    Paintings

    Artist's Biography

    Born near Philadelphia, PA, Colleen studied drawing and painting at Moravian College and then continued her studies at Fleisher Art Memorial for the next 15+ years. While she was trained in various mediums including formal oil painting, acrylic painting is her passion.

    She loves experimenting with the textures of various mediums and how color can appear rich yet nuanced on the canvas. Her work focuses on abstract color field paintings and is meant to encourage the viewer to look beyond the horizon and contemplate the forces of nature. Inspiration for her work comes from studying the color field paintings of Mark Rothko and the minimalist paintings of Agnes Martin.

    Colleen exhibits her work across the United States and her work is part of private collections internationally. In 2000, she won Best of Show at Moravian College in their Celebrating Women show. In 2013, she won first place for her painting "Smoky Horizon" at The Plastic Club Gallery in Philadelphia, PA which was juried by Karen Baumeister. In 2014, she won first place for her painting "Puddle Dance" at Fleisher Art Memorial, juried by Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 2017, she received Honorable Mention for her painting "Untitled" at Fleisher Art Memorial. In 2018, she received second place for her painting "Going Coastal" at Fleisher Art Memorial, juried by Sophia Sanders.

    Colleen believes that art is something that comes from within and is to be shared with the community. When not exhibiting her paintings or teaching classes locally, she paints in her home studio located near Philadelphia, PA.

    Artist's Statement

    I paint, because I have a compulsion to paint. In my studio, minutes become hours and my painting becomes my reality. Inspired by energy and colors found in nature, my work focuses on textured, abstract compositions.

    I use acrylic paint and various mediums, choosing colors intentionally to add meaning. I use my tools (sponges, bamboo skewers, palette knives, etc.) in a relentless, repetitive way where the process becomes part of the painting. I enjoy adding and removing layers of paint, adding texture, and manipulating the surface of the canvas until I create an inviting, surprising new world for the viewer to enter.

    Selected Exhibitions

    Solo
    2019
    Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Easttown Library, Berwyn, PA

    2016
    Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley, PA

    Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    Gryphon Cafe, Rosemont, PA

    Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

    2014
    Earth Bread + Brewery, Philadelphia, PA

    Darlington Arts Center, Garnet Valley, PA

    Sweet Mabel, Narberth, PA

    Alliance Bank, Concord, PA

    2013
    Race Street Cafe, Philadelphia, PA

    Balance Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    Rittenhouse Park

    Group
    2020
    Colors/Shapes of Summer, Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

    2019
    Fairmount Arts Crawl, 1714 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA

    2018
    Dear Fleisher Invitational, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA

    2017
    9th Annual Westhampton Beach Festival of the Arts, Westhampton Beach, NY

    2016
    6th Annual Community Exhibition, 3rd Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

    2015
    2015 National Painting Show, North Valley Art League, Redding, CA

    2014 - 2015
    Annual Juried Show, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

    2014
    Small Worlds, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA

    2013
    Lucky 13, Mesquite Fine Arts Center Gallery, Mesquite, NV

    Seven Deadly Sins, RRCA North Gallery, Millville, NJ

    Scapes, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    1st Place

    215/610, Delaware County Community College (DCCC) Art Gallery, Media, PA

    Women in Charge, Soho20 Gallery, New York, NY

    2012
    Absolutely Abstract, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA

    2011
    The French Connection, Art in City Hall, Philadelphia, PA

    Artist's Bibliography

    2017
    "Abstract artist puts ‘pouring paint’ Brand on display," Chestnut Hill Local, April 2017

    2016
    MRAC Art Exhibit, City Suburban, June 2016

    2015
    "'Evolving Horizon' Exhibition Shows Works by Colleen Brand," May 2015

    2013
    "Smoky Horizon Wins First Place at Scapes Show", The Plastic Club, November 2013

    Dr. Kuspit, Donald, "Why I Chose What I Chose," originally posted on Delaware Community College
    website, September 2013

    "Women in Charge," SOHO20, July 2013

    Lectures, Presentations

    2017
    Painting Intuitively and Energizing Your Work, Greater Norristown Art League, E. Norristown, PA
    October 10

    2014
    Demo on Acrylic Painting, Whitemarsh Art Center, Whitemarsh, PA
    February 22

    Affiliations

    2021 - Present
    InLiquid, Philadelphia

    2016 - Present
    Northwest Artist's Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

    2014 - Present
    Sweet Mabel, Narberth, PA

    Awards & Honors

    2018
    Reconfiguration, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention for See the Forest for the Trees
    Juror: Rick Snyderman

    Member/Student Show, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    Second Place for Going Coastal, Abstract Painting Category
    Juror: Sophie Sanders

    2017
    Member/Student Group Show, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    Honorable Mention for Untitled, Works on Paper Category (Painting Intuitively)

    2014
    Member/Student Group Show, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    First Place for Puddle Dance, Painting Category (Painting Intuitively)
    Juror: Shelley Langdale, Associate Curator, Prints and Drawings,
    Phila. Museum of Art

    2013
    Scapes, The Plastic Club, Philadelphia, PA
    First Place for Smoky Horizon,
    Juror: Karen Baumeister, Adjunct
    Professor at Montgomery County Community College and Faculty at Fleisher Art Memorial

    2011
    Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
    Third Place, Best of Print

    2000
    Celebrating Moravian Women, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA
    Best of Show