Contemporary Expression

The Art Files – Katharina Chapuis
April 15, 2009, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Frist Center, Living An Artful Life, The Art Files
“Luminance” at Nashville’s Gallery One

When I saw Katharina Chapuis’s Untitled #SQ-TU9 a cool breeze came over me and I was all at once relaxed. It has been a long time since a work has completely centered me and I want to share it with you. See it at the opening April 25th 6-8pm.
Katharina Chapuis says she relies on “direct, sensuous perception and intuition” in creating her luminous, color field paintings on canvas.

“I paint to draw out the compelling interplay between matter and spirit,” says the Zurich, Switzerland native who settled in Boston after graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. “I let the painting exist as such, let it have its own inner life, its own pulsation and vibration. In this way, the painting becomes a luminous veil – empty and abundant at the same time.”

In creating her layered, translucent paintings – each an oil on canvas work with gesso-plaster ground – Chapuis says she aims to create “visually fluid fields in which things shift at the beholder’s inner rhythm.”

“Stripped of any kind of pictorial codes,” says Chapuis, “these spaces are left open for viewers to enter at their own pace without a great deal of direction and so to induce an art experience that is contemplative and experiential.”

Chapuis received the Jurors’ Choice award from the Attleboro Arts Museum in Attleboro, Massachusetts in 2006, and her work can be found in collections throughout the U.S. and Switzerland, including the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago; Straumann USA, Andover, MA; Fidelity Investments, Boston; Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA; and the Phoenix Building in Atlanta, GA, among others.

Gallery One, located at 5133 Harding Pike, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and by appointment. For more information about the exhibition call 615-352-3006 or visit

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