Ruth Pastine American

The focus of my work is to construct an actual experience, which engages one in a present moment of discovery.  The paintings are invested in the perceptual experience of color, light, and temperature. They optically expand, shift, and flicker with the changing light of day, and the eye’s adjustment to the intimately painted surfaces. The principles and methodology that structure my painting process advance the work through the inherent nature of the painting process itself.

Born in New York City, Pastine earned a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in 1987 and a year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam. Pastine later attended Hunter College where she received an M.F.A. in 1993. In 2009, Ruth Pastine began site-specific work with a large-scale public commission entitled Limitless, composed of eight monumental paintings installed in the adjoining lobbies of Ernst & Young Plaza, in downtown Los Angeles. Ruth Pastine had her first museum survey exhibition entitled: Attraction: 1993-2013 at MOAH Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA and followed this with Present Tense: Paintings and Pastel Works on Paper 2010-2015 at the CAM Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA. Pastine has exhibited widely in the United States and Japan and her works are included in numerous public and corporate collections, including the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; SFMOMA San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; MCASD Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles; MOAH Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Brookfield Properties, Ernst & Young Plaza, Los Angeles; AXA Art, Cologne, Germany; Qualcomm, San Diego; CIM Group Headquarters, Los Angeles, among others. In 2001, Pastine relocated from New York City to Ojai, CA where she currently lives and works.