Planes and Rhythms: Introducing Natalie Bieser / by Tasha Ostrander & Ben Lincoln

Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

Photo by Tasha Ostrander©2016

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braveART is pleased to announce an alliance with Natalie Bieser. Bieser, a watercolorist, began her career in the 1970s with exhibitions at Documenta V in Kassel, Germany ('72), Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York and has shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Whtiney Biennial '73) among others. 

Born in Grand Junction, Colorado, Bieser graduated with a BFA from the California Institute of Art, she has shown extensively in California and New York. After obtaining a Master's in Psychology in 2010 from Southwest College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she began a professional practice in psychotherapy. This year, Bieser returns to pursue her artwork full-time.

In the months ahead, braveART will uncover and share Bieser's latest inspiration and works on paper.

Her work is inspired by her connection to and observation of nature - an awareness of the existence of those elements hidden in the backdrop of a landscape unseen by an audience, unaware of their presence. Bieser's style relates to the early modernist Charles Chagall who was able to divide space - flattening time and surface area.  Of Chagall's work, biorgrapher Raymond Cogniat wrote, "The colors are a living, integral part of the picture and are never passively flat, or banal like an afterthought. They sculpt and animate the volume of the shapes...they indulge in flights of fancy and invention which add new perspectives and graduated, blended tones...his colors do not even attempt to imitate nature, but rather to suggests movement, planes, and rhythms". (Congiat, Raymond. Chagall, Crown Publishers Inc. (1978)).

In the Sierra Nevada Series (below) Bieser's movements break up color, shape, and light much like Chagall's glasswork, in particular  - guided by repeating patterns and forms that exist fluidly between landscape and abstraction.

Natalie Bieser "Sierra Nevada Series", Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 22x30 inches, 1982

Natalie Bieser "Sierra Nevada Series", Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper, 22x30 inches, 1982