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At The Burrison Gallery: Kathleen Shaver's Abstractions

October 18, 2011, Volume 58, No. 08


The Burrison Gallery presents Abstractions, an exhibition of painted works by Philadelphia-based artist Kathleen Shaver, N’76, from October 22 through December 2.

Abstractions features nine of Ms. Shaver’s recent large-scale abstract paintings, including Pocket, oil on canvas, 46 x 54 (left), all of which explore various facets of human interrelation, from typology and gesture to sexuality.

Ms. Shaver studied at Moore College of Art and Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She produces large-scale oil paintings on canvas and mixed media works on paper.

The work varies from abstraction to gestural realism and is characterized by an exploration of concept formation relating to language, symbols, and sexuality.

She has exhibited extensively throughout Philadelphia, and earlier this semester, she completed a permanent installation of 27 paintings commissioned by the HUP Alumni Association for Penn’s School of Nursing: The History of Nursing as Seen Through the Lens of Art (Almanac September 27, 2011).

Almanac - October 18, 2011, Volume 58, No. 08