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Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues
December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, December 7, 2-5pm

Patssi Valdez

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Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition, Patssi Valdez: Somber Hues, from December 7, 2014 - January 4, 2015. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, December 7 from 2-5pm. There will be a closing reception and artist's talk on Sunday, January 4 from 2-5pm.

Valdez states that the eight new gouaches in Somber Hues were "inspired by poetry, the seasons and a favorite film of mine. The character and color of these gouaches reflect a somber mood and tone." Handbags, chairs and umbrellas dance across magically animated surfaces while goblets spill their wine, teapots float and roses bleed. 

Patssi Valdez is the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Latina of Excellence AwardThe Latino Heritage Month Award, Spirit of Los Angeles (honors outstanding individuals of Latino descent who have contributed to the advancement of Latinos in the United States and worldwide), The Flintridge FellowshipDurfee Foundation GrantJ. Paul Getty Fellowship Grant and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in painting.

She was recently invited to serve as a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley.

Last year her work was part of a travelling exhibition,  Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. Venues included the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Museo Universitario Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; and Nottingham Contemporary, UK.

Valdez is included in collections of The National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, The Tucson Museum of Art, Arizona; The San Jose Museum of Art, CA; The El Paso Museum of Art, Texas, Williams Collage of Art, Williamstown, MA; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE.

Patssi is best known for her paintings and performance work with the avant-garde art group ASCO (nausea).

Valdez states: "My work is based on what I find interesting, meaningful and inspirational on a personal and global level."

Valdez presently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA and remains active in the West Coast and International art scene.

Somber Hues is Valdez's second solo show at Offramp Gallery. It will be shown concurrently with Lou Beach: White Pink Turpentine.
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Patssi Valdez, Down the Garden Path, 2014, gouache on watercolor paper, 24" x 18"
Patssi Valdez, The Sun Deck, 2014, gouache on watercolor paper, 24" x 18"