b. 1964, USA

Ruth Pastine Biography

Born in 1964 in New York City, Ruth Pastine remained there for the duration of her childhood and early adult life. She was extremely talented in art from a young age, with the artist winning the Alexander Medal at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Honorary Awards as a teenager. That same year, in 1982, Pastine joined State University of New York College at Purchase in New York. Following that, she went on to study for her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science, winning a scholarship to study in the Netherlands for one year. After returning to the United States, she also went on to achieve her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Hunter College, City University of New York in 1993, receiving three different scholarships including Hunter College Graduate Study Award. Between 1987 and 2000, the artist had ten solo exhibitions, showing in New York, California and Arizona.

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In the early 2000s she relocated to California, the birthplace of the Light and Space Movement—a key influence on the artist. Emerging from the Southern area of the state in the 1960s, the Light and Space Movement was pioneered by artists such as Larry Bell, John McCracken and Mary Corse. Their fascination with the diffused atmosphere and glowing light of Los Angeles produced artwork that captured the city's luminosity through colour, light and space and this influence is visually evident in Pastine's work.

Since the turn of the millennium, Pastine has hosted 23 solo exhibitions and has participated in over 55 group shows around the world from Kurashiki, Japan to California, United States. Throughout her illustrious career, the artist has also created public installations alongside exhibiting in major galleries worldwide. In 2009, Pastine was commissioned to create a public painting installation for the Ernst & Young Plaza in Los Angeles. In 2015, her installation, The Inevitability of Truth was acquired by CIM Group Headquarters as part of their permanent collection, also in Los Angeles and most recently, in 2019, United Airlines acquired a series by the artist which is on public display in their Polaris lounge at Los Angeles International Airport.

Her work has been exhibited widely across the globe and is included in many public and corporate collections including San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation and Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Inner Eye, Maddox Gallery, Los Angeles (21 January–21 March 2022). Courtesy Maddox Gallery.

Ruth Pastine Featured Artworks

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Yellow, Presence Absence Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Ruth Pastine Yellow, Presence Absence Series, 2021 Oil on canvas on bevelled stretcher
122 x 122 x 6 cm
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Yellow 10, Depths Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ruth Pastine Yellow 10, Depths Series, 2020 Oil on archival paper
76 x 56 cm
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Yellow 3, Depth Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Ruth Pastine Yellow 3, Depth Series, 2020 Oil on archival paper
76 x 56 cm
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Yellow (Violet) Core Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Ruth Pastine Yellow (Violet) Core Series, 2021 Oil on canvas on bevelled panel
81 x 152 x 6 cm
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Yellow, Presence Absence Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Ruth Pastine Yellow, Presence Absence Series, 2021 Oil on archival paper on bevelled panel
76 x 56 x 4 cm
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Red, Presence Absence Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Ruth Pastine Red, Presence Absence Series, 2021 Oil on archival paper on bevelled panel
76 x 56 cm
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Red Magenta, Rise Series by Ruth Pastine contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Ruth Pastine Red Magenta, Rise Series, 2020 Oil on canvas on bevelled panel
61 x 61 cm
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Ruth Pastine Current Exhibitions

Ruth Pastine Represented By

Maddox Gallery contemporary art gallery in Maddox Street, London, United Kingdom Maddox Gallery Gstaad, London, Los Angeles
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