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About the Artist

Born in 1940 in Newark, New Jersey, Pat Steir lives and works in New York and Amsterdam. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York in 1962 and in 1991 Pratt awarded her an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Art. She has received National Endowment of the Arts and Guggenheim grants. She has taught at Parsons School of Design, Princeton University, Hunter College and California Institute of the Arts. Her work is in the permanent collections of many museums including: Dallas Museum of Fine Art, Texas; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Kunstmuseum, Bern; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Photo: Pat Steir

Mixed media drawing on paper, 60 inches by 103 inches

Untitled (Wave Series), 1986

Pat Steir draws from her knowledge of both eastern and western art traditions in creating drawings and paintings. “Untitled” in the Cerritos Library Art Collection is part of a series of paintings and drawings executed during the 1980s. Steir was fascinated with the nature of water, and she found many sources for study in the art of Asia and Europe. These influences included Katsushika Hokusai’s color woodcut, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” from the 1820s, and Gustave Courbet’s 1869 “The Stormy Sea.” Leonardo da Vinci’s investigations of waves (ca. 1513) and nineteenth century artist J.M.W. Turner’s paintings of storms at sea also enhance the symbolism and role of water in Chinese painting.

The drawing, executed on a large irregular sheet of paper with graphite, crayon, pastel, charcoal and gouache, depicts the force of nature.

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