A Punch of Color
Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha
- PUBLISHED: June 2014
- SUBJECT LISTING: Art
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 96 Pages, 8 x 10 in, 49 color illus.
- ISBN: 9780924335402
- Publisher: Tacoma Art Museum
Throughout her six-decade career, Camille Patha’s painting has oscillated between the figurative and the abstract. Patha began painting gestural abstraction in the 1960s then deliberately explored various painting styles, including hard-edged abstraction and surrealist-infused photorealism and, finally, a return to abstraction. During each era of her career, Patha demonstrated a full mastery of painting, presenting canvases that wholly embody her imagery and vocabulary with an unwavering voice and shocking vigor. Patha asserts her power as a painter by creating imagery of a complete universe that enables the viewer to be fully absorbed within a boundless volume. In her paintings, she shares a sense of wonder about the existential conundrums confronting every person and with the exuberance of her elastic symbolism. A Punch of Color is the first retrospective of her work since 1979.
Authors & Contributors
Rock Hushka is curator of contemporary and Northwest art and director of curatorial administration at Tacoma Art Museum.