• Heat and the Peacock
    • oil, acrylic on canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • Oh the Wind and Rain
    • oil, acrylic on canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • Time and Flame
    • oil, acrylic on canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • Inland Sea
    • oil, acrylic on canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • Mercury on the Move
    • oil, acrylic on canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • The Sky is Flesh
    • oil, acrylic on canvas
    • 60" x 60"
    • Far from Here
    • oil, acrylic on panel
    • 30" x 30"
    • Flamingo Dreams
    • oil, acrylic on panel
    • 30" x 30"
    • Hybrid Fictions II
    • oil, acrylic on panel
    • 30" x 30"
    • Purple Rain
    • oil, acrylic on panel
    • 30" x 30"
    • Windows and Roses
    • oil, acrylic on panel
    • 30" x 30"
    • In the Band
    • oil, acrylic on panel
    • 30" x 30"
    • Colliding Wonders 1M
    • monotype
    • 30" x 30"
    • Colliding Wonders 2M
    • monotype
    • 30" x 30"
    • Colliding Wonders 3M
    • monotype
    • 30" x 30"
    • Colliding Wonders 4M
    • monotype
    • 30" x 30"
    • Colliding Wonders 5M
    • monotype
    • 30" x 30"
    • Ruby Horse Thief
    • oil on canvas
    • 64" x 56"
    • Migrations
    • oil on canvas
    • 64" x 56"
    • SOLD
    • Both Sides of Sunset
    • oil on canvas
    • 64" x 56"
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    • Don Quixote
    • oil on canvas
    • 64" x 56"
    • Berlin Transfer
    • oil on canvas
    • 64" x 56"
    • Eleventh Prismatic
    • oil on canvas
    • 52" x 44"
    • Contingencies of Looking iv
    • oil on canvas
    • 24" x 24"
    • Indigo Rise XIV
    • oil on canvas
    • 40" x 36"
    • Lust and Rue
    • oil on canvas
    • 64" x 56"
    • Music for a Spinning World
    • oil on canvas
    • 40" x 30"
    • Oh the Wind and Rain II
    • oil on linen
    • 24" x 24"
    • Oh the Wind and Rain III
    • oil on linen
    • 24" x 24"
    • Oh the Wind and Rain IV
    • oil on linen
    • 24" x 20"

Artist Statement

Radiant Energy 2016

Painting for me is like a flight of reckless abandonment; at the same time, it’s like an intense game of chess. To be spontaneously and fully open to experience – just submerging oneself in it – and also to exercise focused discernment is a precarious proposition at best. But artists often choose the steep path and relish the painful climb. This task is made more difficult by the very nature of creativity, as it seeks to improve upon itself at every turn. The turn I have taken in my recent paintings is to move further away from the tradition of abstract expressionism, that seminal explosion that put American art on the world stage in the fifties. In my new work, I am seeking a radiant energy that allows for spontaneity, lightness, freedom, playfulness, and delight.

For me, decisions about color are always what come first. Color creates the tonality of my work. I have chosen to veer off the path of strong traditional colors.   Instead I use dusky pastels, florescent pink and chartreuse, allowing textures and sensations of color to be in conversation with each other. These colors could seem too buoyant for the viewer who looks for a more subdued and serious palette. Yet, there is a sharp edge in the surface shapes that cuts like a scythe through the murky pastels below.

Space in my new work appears transparent. Moving away from  modernist flatness, I  create visible layers that allow one to see into the painting as a dimensional cube. Each painting begins with  30” x 30” quadrants of four acrylic colors. I work on top of these quadrants with layers in acrylic and then oil, playing on the change in quality between the two mediums. The final layer is the arcs and sprays that appear to come forward and give definition and movement to the work.  These arcs seem to have floated free from my earlier stripe paintings, as if nothing ever really gets left behind. This structure allows me to create a pool of light and energy inside the painting that floats through transparent layers.

This transparency is fraught with pitfalls as each layer is visible. This year I have often tossed whole paintings in the trash if they did not blend through the open web to create layered cadences. As a friend and writer said to me, “Your new work is like looking through clear seas to find bright coral floating far below the surface”.

I often think of astrological events when working on my paintings.  One work is named Transit of Venus, the tiny round shadow made when Venus passes directly in front of the sun.  Contemplating celestial events can take us to a new awareness of movement and time.  A great abstract painting may do the same.  Artists engage in many different aspects of reality. I am drawn to the distant spheres of the abstract.

Watch a video of Monroe Hodder speaking about her work.

 

Artist Bio

Monroe Hodder is an abstract oil painter whose layered works juxtapose geometric forms with expressionist fields of color. She began to paint while living in California and received a MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. For ten years, she was on the art faculty of several colleges and universities in the Bay Area, curated exhibitions, was an art critic for West Coast publications, and was represented by several galleries in San Francisco.

Hodder has lived and worked overseas in Russia and England and has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome on four occasions. She was granted an UK Artist Residency Visa followed by British citizenship in 2005. She has exhibited her paintings widely in the US and internationally, including Rome and Korea in 2015.

In 2012, Hodder moved from London to New York and has had several recent solo exhibitions in Chelsea and the Lower East Side in New York, as well as Denver, Los Angeles, London, and Portland, Oregon. Her work has been published in several art books and magazines, and she was interviewed on PBS TV. Close to fifty reviews have been written about her work and she is in numerous museum, corporate, and private collections.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2016

Continuing the Dialogue Part Two, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Roadside Mystics, video-painting event, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

Video-Painting-Photography Exhibition, Chinatown Soup, LES, New York, NY

2015

Opera, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

Smoke and Mirrors, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2014

Astroid Enigmas, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MO

Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ

2013

Polyphonia, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Head Banging on the Moon, Andre Zarre Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

Romancing Color, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2012

Incidence of the Black Swan, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

Recent Paintings, Arvada Arts Center, Denver, CO

2011

Gangstas and Cupcakes, Andre Zarre Gallery, Chelsea, New York, NY

Hybrid Fictions, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

New Paintings, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

Paint Up! K Saari Gallery, Steamboat Springs, CO

The Incidental and the Infinite, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2010

Featured Artist Exhibition, American Academy in Rome, Rome, Italy

Recent Paintings, Elins/Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Paintings, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

2009

Painting Metabolism, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2008

The Green Revolution, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

Ebb and Flow, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

The Book of Hours, La Courette Galerie, Nimes, France

Desire in a Gypsy Cloak, solo exhibition, Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2007

Paintings, Schwab Center, Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Stairs of the Sea, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

2006-2000

Lay of the Land, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2006

New Monotypes, Trillium Press, San Francisco, CA, 2005

Inside Out, Vertigo Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK, 2005

The Mysteries, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2004

New Works, Vertigo Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK, 2003

Eclipse, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2002

Lights of London, Toomey Tourell Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2000

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Paintings at Chinthurst Hill, Surrey, UK

Colorado Women in Abstraction, Metropolitan State University Center for Visual Arts, Denver, CO

Architectural Digest Art Show, Pier 94, New York, NY

Monotypes from Oehme Graphics, Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Monotypes show, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

Best of Colorado, Arvada Arts Center, Denver, CO

About Color, University of Denver Vicki Myhren Gallery, Denver, CO

2015

Red Dot Art Fair, Miami Basel

Chester Arts Fair, Chester, UK

Art Show Busan, Busan, Korea

Cloud Trousers, Russian Consulate, New York and Russian Embassy, Washington DC

Art of the Class of 1965, Vassar College Palmer Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY

2014

Monotype Exhibition, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

SJICA, San Jose, CA

E/AB Art Fair, Oehme Graphics, New York, NY

Red Dot Art Fair, George Billis Gallery, Miami, FL

2013

Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL

Introducing New Artists, Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MO

Abstraction, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

Twenty Women Artists, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Acqua, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

E/AB Art Fair, Oehme Graphics, New York, NY

2012

Select Art Fair, Oehme Graphics, Miami Beach, FL

Exhibition, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA

2011

Contemporary Paintings, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR

Earth and Fire, Denver Contemporary Museum of Art, Denver, CO

Hong Kong Fine Art Fair, Belgravia Gallery, Hong Kong

2010

San Francisco Art Fair, William Havu Gallery, San Francisco

Small Gems, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

Red Contemporary, Steamboat Springs, CO, Jan 2010

Abstraction, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

Hong Kong Fine Art Fair, Belgravia Gallery, Hong Kong

2009

Colorado Abstract, Metropolitan State University Center for Visual Art, Denver, CO

Aurora Borealis, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Summer Show, Elins/Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA

New Artists, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Red Dot Art Fair, Butters Gallery, Miami, FL

Summer Show, William Havu Gallery, Denver, CO

2008

Dublin Art Fair, Belgravia Gallery, Dublin, Ireland

Polinators, The Old Cello Factory, London

Belgravia Contemporary, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London

Red Dot Art Fair, William Havu Gallery, Miami, FL

2007

Modernity, Lloyd Gill Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare, UK

New Paintings, Clifton, Primrose Hill, London, UK

New Paintings, Butters Gallery, Portland, OR

London Art Fair, Bridge Art Fair, Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

2006

London Art Fair, Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

Summer Exhibition, Belgravia Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK

Exhibition and Auction, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA

2005

30 x 30, Vertigo Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK

San Francisco Art Fair, Toomey Tourell Gallery and Trillium Press, San Francisco, CA

Exhibition and Auction, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

Exhibition and Auction, San Jose ICA, San Jose, CA

London Art Fair, Vertigo Gallery, London, UK

2004

Night Moves, Film of Oil Paintings by Jerry Chater, Music by Joby Talbot, SJICA, San Jose, CA

Big, South of Market Center, San Francisco, CA

The Land of Yes, Trilllium Press , San Francisco, CA

30 x 30, Vertigo Gallery, Shoreditch, London, UK

reviews

“Monroe Hodder paintings … are bursting with saturated colors so highly pitched they seem to hurl themselves off the canvas.”

– Lily Wei, NY Art Critic, 2013

“Her work is compelling, fascinating, with its juxtapositions of color and tone… The paintings are dangerous: they are so interesting that if I had one on my wall I’d have to stand (or sit) looking at it so long I wouldn’t get anything else done.”

– Richmond Shepard, lively-arts.com, Dec 2011

“London painter Monroe Hodder barely needs the natural light that floods her gallery show, so brightly do her canvases burn with color. Fields of tiered horizontal bands test the chromatic limits of abstract painting without eliminating associations to landscape and memory.”

– Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, June 17, 2010