Colleen Brand: Purple Abstracted


Exhibition on view until: Sunday, January 15, 2023

Unapologetically colorful, and serene, Colleen Brand and Peter Cunicelli’s uses of hues, pattern, and texture play off one another in Colorways. Brand invents fantastical sunsets in her paintings, employing non-traditional tools to create layers of texture. Cunicelli’s curvaceous ceramic vessels also utilize stunning color which he paints on, giving the surface a gritty and matte texture to contrast the clean lines. Together, Brand and Cunicelli’s work elicit tranquility from the viewer as they explore possibilities in materiality, texture, and color.

Colleen Brand 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. When not exhibiting her paintings or teaching classes locally, she paints in her home studio located near Philadelphia, PA. 

Peter Cunicelli is a Philadelphia artist who has been working with clay since 2000. As a student at The Clay Studio, he discovered hand built vessels and soon began rolling out slabs of his own. During this time, he began developing forms by studying traditional thrown forms and cutting templates. He has experimented with a variety of glazes and techniques and has worked in Raku, wood fire, porcelain, paper clay, cassius bassalt and other stonewares. His current studio practice builds and expands upon the desire to create forms that push the boundaries of form that are balanced between the dramatic and the refined.

Selected Works