Bonnie Bronson: The Early Years
Paintings, Sculpture, Works on paper
October 6 through November 19, 2011
Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW Ninth Avenue Portland, Oregon
The Early Years follows Bonnie Bronson's major retrospective of her work at Pacific Northwest College of Art with a detailed look at the first decade of her career.
Like many artists of her generation, Bronson was marked by the influence of Abstract Expressionism. Her precocious mastery of this idiom reflected affinities with the examples of Franz Kline, Alfred Leslie and Robert Motherwell but in a distinctly individual interpretation. Following her first one-person show of paintings in 1964, she intensified her search for an a unique expressive language, and began a series of extraordinary metal wall relief sculptures which both looked back to Cubist collage and forward beyond Abstract Expressionism.