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Lydia Bassis
updated: 01/26/2015
website: lydiabassis.com/
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Principals
Cha Cha
Jig Ridge
Junction
HIR06
Wet Suit
Switch Swap
Squirt
Lands End
Gestate
Accomplice
Meetup
Dock
Smarties
Yellow Spark
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, dreams, meditative, spiritual, memory, biomorphic, geometric, landscape, systems, language
 
 
Principals  by Lydia Bassis
Principals
watercolor, graphite and acrylic on paper
2014
30 " x  22 " 
Cha Cha  by Lydia Bassis
Cha Cha
acrylic, ink and graphite on paper
2014
27 " x  20 " 
Jig Ridge by Lydia Bassis
Jig Ridge
acrylic and graphite on paper
2014
30 " x  22 " 
Junction  by Lydia Bassis
Junction
acrylic, ink and graphite on paper
2014
27 " x  20 " 
HIR06 by Lydia Bassis
HIR06
Gouache and collage on paper
2013
10" x  8" 
Wet Suit by Lydia Bassis
Wet Suit
acrylic and graphite on paper
2014
30 " x  22 " 
Switch Swap by Lydia Bassis
Switch Swap
acrylic, ink and graphite on paper
2014
27 " x  20 " 
Squirt by Lydia Bassis
Squirt
watercolor and graphite on yupo paper
2014
26 " x  20 " 
Lands End by Lydia Bassis
Lands End
gouache, india ink, watercolor and acrylic on paper
2014
30 " x  44 " 
Gestate by Lydia Bassis
Gestate
watercolor, india ink and acrylic on yupo paper
2014
26 " x  20 " 
Accomplice  by Lydia Bassis
Accomplice
acrylic, ink and graphite on paper
2014
27" x  20" 
Meetup  by Lydia Bassis
Meetup
watercolor, gouache, graphite and india ink on paper
2014
30" x  22" 
Dock by Lydia Bassis
Dock
gouache, watercolor, graphite and acrylic on paper
2014
30" x  22" 
Smarties by Lydia Bassis
Smarties
gouache, watercolor and acrylic on paper
2014
30" x  22" 
Yellow Spark by Lydia Bassis
Yellow Spark
oil and acrylic on linen wrapped panel
2014
14" x  11" 

Artist Statement

Born in Smithtown, NY
Lives and works in Seattle, WA

I consider the imagery in my work to be a private symbolism. My shapes and forms are born from my imagination and from referencing the world around me. I think of each painting as a vignette capturing a moment, experience, interaction, or feeling. I paint things that can’t necessarily be described in words and things that can’t be seen, like energy. I’m interested in how a specific place, space, thing, object, or even person can have its meaning or identity formed by its surrounding. In each painting, I try to achieve harmony between the playful weightless shapes and structured forms. I strive to create work that is playful, bold and balanced.


Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION
MFA Visual Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BFA Printmaking, B.A. Art History, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2013
McCallister Hall Gallery at The Mount, Seattle, WA (solo exhibition)
Texas National, Cole Art Center, Nacogdoches, TX
2012
Abstract Observations, Arts West, Seattle, WA
A Chair Affair, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2011
Group Exhibition, Kraushaar Galleries, New York, NY
2010
10x10x10xTieton, Mighty Tieton, Tieton, WA
Palace of Thunder, no. 2 Print Shop, Portland, OR
2009
Introductions, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Seattle, WA
Gimme Baby Robots, Spacecraft, Seattle, WA
2008
Gimme Baby Robots IV, Evo, Seattle, WA
Water Drawings, Tauk, Montauk, NY
2007
Invisible Infrastructure, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY (solo exhibition)
25 Broad, Cetra Ruddy, New York, NY
Out Like a Lamb, Church Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006
Minus More, Setton Hall Law School, Newark, NJ
Sweet Baby Meat, OneTen Gallery, Madison, WI
2005
Twinning, Naidre’s, Brooklyn, NY (solo exhibition)
Thesis Exhibition, MGSA Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ (solo exhibition)
2004
The Odds, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
Dimensions, Shane House Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Southern Graphics Conference Print Exhibition, MGSA Galleries, New Brunswick, NJ
2003
Graduate Exhibition, MGSA, New Brunswick, NJ 

SELECTED AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
Art Projects Award, 4Culture, Seattle, WA
Artist in Residence, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT
Artist in Residence, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY
Fellowship, Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Morristown, NJ
Grant, Change Inc., Captiva, FL
Grant, Artist’s Fellowship Inc, New York, NY 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2012  Ellgood, Anne. New American Paintings No. 97, Pacific Coast.
2010  Price, Dan. Visual Overture Magazine, Fall issue, p. 14-15.
2010  Gillingham-Ryan, Maxwell. “Spotlight on Lydia Bassis,” Apartment Therapy, July 14.
2005  Binstock, Jonathan. New American Paintings No. 57, Mid-Atlantic.