Tracey Lane

Tracey Lane

Tracey Lane

Artist Statement

 

My paintings are a celebration of the mystery of nature and the promise and complexity of life, including our own, that exists in nature.  My work is about the experience of light and shadow, color and texture, the play between the seen and the unseen, between memory and imagination.  I am most inspired by the quiet drama of nature; trees bending toward the light, silent reflections, sunlight breaking through clouds.  More recently, I have been inspired by Gustav Klimt’s birch and beech forest paintings in which rhythm pulsates, trunks undulate, and you can feel the texture and pattern of the bark.

The work reflects a personal history; childhood summers spent on Jekyll Island, GA where live oaks drip Spanish moss and marsh meets ocean; countless walks in my family’s 14 acre forest where I developed my love of trees, birds and other wildlife.  In 1976, when I was thirteen, my grandparents gave me a horse and I rode him all over the property (which was 23 acres at one time).  I was an adult living on my own by the time my parents built a light-filled contemporary house in those woods, just down the hill from my grandparent’s home. I will never forget the long winding drive through the pines, past my grandparent’s house and down the hill to our house. Family lore has it that I stopped my grandparents from cutting down two magnificent trees whose roots they thought were buckling the driveway. They stood like sentinels on either side of our driveway and would stand there still had the government not decided that they wanted the property for a school, using eminent domain to force my mother to sell in 2016.  In the forest paintings, my compositions often feature two prominent trees in the foreground.

Forests are magical and healing places to me; there is so much beyond what you can actually see, hear, smell, touch, all the creatures and microorganisms that are there but hidden and it's that essence that I am attempting to capture with gesture, color and texture.  I work mostly on wood panels, sometimes using brushes and other times palette knives, combining heavy, thickly applied paint with watery washes that drip randomly.  I build up layers of paint and then scrape it away so that subtle traces of previous marks remain.  This process enables me to capture the spirit of the subject, its wildness. For wildness, as Bill McKibben writes in The End of Nature, stirs the imagination and creates in us "the sense that we are part of something with roots stretching back nearly forever, and branches reaching forward just as far."

Tracey Lane

 

 

 

Education

2017-Present   FAWS Atelier with New York artist Michael David

2003/2004      Mass Art, Art New England Summer Program-Painting, Bennington, VT

1997                MA, Art History, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

1986                BA, Art History, Emory University

 

Exhibitions

2018      Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, Small Works Show,  group show

2018      19th Annual Art Papers Show & Auction, Atlanta, GA, Collector’s Preview

2017      Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, Contemporary Showcase,  group show

2016      Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, group show

2015      Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show

2015      Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, joint show

2014      Howard Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA, group show

2013      Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show

2013      Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, joint show

2012      Coda Gallery, Park City, Utah, joint show

2012      Pryor Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, Flora and Fauna, group show

2012      Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show

2010      Lakind Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, solo show

2010      Jules Place, Boston, MA, group show

2010      Coda Gallery, Park City, UT, joint show

2009      Gallery One, Nashville, TN, joint show

2009      Lakind Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, group show

2009      Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, GA, joint show

2009      Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL, group show

2008      Bennett Street Gallery, Atlanta, GA, group show

2008      Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show

2007      Coda Gallery, Park City, UT, solo show

2007      Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show

2006      Gallery One, Nashville, TN, joint show

2006      Coda Gallery, Park City, Utah, solo show

2006      Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show

2005      Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, solo show

2005      Chicago Art Source, Chicago, IL, joint show

2005      Coda Gallery, New York, NY, solo show

2005      Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, The Ever-Changing Landscape, group show

2004      Mason Murer Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, group show

2003      Studio E Gallery, Jupiter, Florida, joint show

2003      Modern Primitive Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, solo show

2002      Modern Primitive Gallery, group show

2002      Political Woman, Juried Show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Illinois

Publications/Awards

 

Modern Luxury Interiors Atlanta, 2016, artwork in home featured in "Neutral Territory, California Cool"

 

Traditional Home, April 2014, artwork in home featured in "Playing with Pastels"

 

Green Art: Roots, Trees, and Leaves, by Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2014

 

SouthwestArt Magazine, December 2012, show preview "Tracey Lane and Kim Brown"

 

American Art Collector, December 2012, show preview "Observations of Surroundings"

 

100 Southern Artists, by Ashley Rooney, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 2012

 

SouthwestArt Magazine, September 2008, featured in "Best of the West"

 

SouthwestArt Magazine, February 2007, featured in article "Tales of the Trees:  Six Artists Describe Their Attraction to Cottonwoods, Aspens, and More"

 

Southern Accents Magazine, January/February 2007

 

Today's Custom Home Magazine, Spring 2006

 

Better Homes and Gardens: Special Decorating Issue, Winter 2005

 

 

 

 

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