Painter Anne Appleby contributes to a vital contemporary current of painters reinventing and reinvigorating abstraction. Her work presents subtle and lush monochromatic canvases based on nature. Each work is a study in concentration, organic cycles, and arresting color. The spare, quiet nature of this work recalls 1960s minimalism, and Appleby advances that tradition, infusing it with additional content. For 15 years, she apprenticed with an Ojibwe Indian elder. That experience is evident in her painting today through its reverence for nature, ethic of patience and eloquent beauty. Appleby is a rising star with one-person exhibitions and strong critical press in San Francisco, New York, and London. She has received the artist awards from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Pollack-Krasner Foundation, and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Her talk will address her labor-intensive process and the varied pathways that have shaped her philosophy of painting.
Anne Appleby, whose talk was sponsored by the Ulrich Museum of Art, spoke on "Pathways to Vision," a Buzz-Worthy Art Talk, at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2011, in 210 McKnight Art Center West in the School of Art and Design at Wichita State University.