Totem, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 40"x30"
Tango, 2020, acrylic on canvas, 40"x40"
Inner Window, paintings
March 26 - April 24, 2022
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 26, 5-7pm
For Ann Provan, the act of painting is a search for an image that evokes emotion and complex meditative composition. Provan uses geometric forms because they can have many meanings, from the neutrality of a square as a shape to having architectural or figurative connotations, allowing for the exploration of spatial ambiguities, optical illusions, and both logical and illogical structures simultaneously. These larger works sometimes develop from small ink drawings that are transferred to canvas and change
significantly during the painting process. Ambiguous shapes and spatial uncertainty emerge in some work, others use abstraction as a means of storytelling using vibrant colors, with definitive edges and shapes. The goal is to create a work that challenges one’s perception to atmospheric light, the sky, and the passing of time. Each piece is a learning process and the final
result is always a discovery.
Ann Provan’s work has been shown in New York City’s A.I.R. Gallery, New Museum, and Franklin Furnace, as well as the University of California, Davis, Wake Forest University in
Winston-Salem, NC, Das Verborgene Museum in Berlin, Marina Gallery, and Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring, Lockwood Gallery in Kingston, NY; among others. Provan has received two NYFA grants, in sculpture and artist’s books. Her work is in the collections of the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, Franklin Furnace, and other galleries and private collections. After growing up in Berkeley, California in the turbulent 1960’s, Provan moved to France to study at the Université de Montpellier and the École Nationale Supériure des Beaux Arts in Paris. She then returned to the United States where she received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. She moved to New York City in the late 1970s, living in Soho and Brooklyn before settling in Cold Spring, New York in 2006 where lives with her husband, artist David Provan, and twins, Evan and Zoë.