PHYLLIS BRAMSON



Born 1941 in Madison, Wisconsin
"I thought that Gary, you and the students were very kind and I enjoyed meeting and working with everyone," Phyllis Bramson wrote to Tom following her residency that focused on monotype and monoprint techniques. The Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Illinois at Chicago had studied at the University of Illinois in Urbana (B.F.A., 1963), the University of Wisconsin at Madison (M.A., 1964), and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (M.F.A., 1974). She is known today for her associations with the Chicago Imagists, the city's printmaking community, and her longtime collaborations with master printer Bud Shark, owner of Shark's, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. The work created while at UNO possesses the saturated, fauvist palette typically found in her paintings and prints from this period along with her heroine -- a "figure with broad shoulders, wasp waist, full limbs, tightly waved hair, and breasts and buttocks like globes"-- that the artist used to explore a "never-ending" and often foiled "pursuit of love and romance."




The Loss of Friendship I
1986; color etching, hand coloring, and relief; image: 19 1/2 x 35 1/4 (48.26 x 88.9), sheet: 24 x 39 1/4 (60.96 x 99.06); unique, monoprint
The Loss of Friendship II
1986; color etching, hand coloring, and relief; image: 19 1/2 x 35 1/4 (48.26 x 88.9), sheet: 24 x 39 1/4 (60.96 x 99.06); unique, monoprint