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About NKS

Solomon make paintings that interrogate painting. She is a painter who is always breaking with the conventions of painting and pushing paint to be its own structure. Solomon chooses substrate as a set of questions and opportunities, not a given. Solomon is not interested in making traditional paintings, she experiments with materials to see what they can say about painting. Solomon use toxic chemical colors in a refined field of emptiness with no recourse to paint about the stuff of our guts. These are paintings about conversation and their omissions, about driving and talking.

“I make Zen Pop paintings In Pursuit of the Blob”. Solomon’s works  are both about the act of painting and her experience of great western landscapes, interior and exterior terrains, and the shock of unabsorbed events. She works reductively to communicate the power of an experience rather than narrate it. Solomon’s legacy with architecture and Supergraphics laid a foundation for her work.

Having studied architecture at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York, she holds a BA in Art from University of California Santa Cruz, and an MFA from California College of the Arts. She taught at Stanford University and California College of the Arts. Solomon has worked as an artist assistant to David Ireland, and in architectural restoration on the Palazzo St Polo in VeniceShe lived in Paris, Venice, Barcelona, and New York City before returning to California.

Solomon’s work has received extensive critical acclaim, and been featured in Art in America, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Art Practical, Wallpaper, Harvard Review, ArtBlitzLA, Zyzzyva, NYTheatre, and Architectural Digest, among other publications.

She has exhibited at The Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film ArchiveCrocker Art Museum, Bolinas Museum, Brian Gross Fine Art, Braunstein/Quay, The Battery, Ochi Projects LA, Ochi Gallery Sun Valley, N’Namdi Contemporary in Chicago, Detroit, and Miami. Her work is collected by Steve Wynn, Blue Shield, Visa, Yves Béhar, Sabrina Buell, and The Berkeley Art Museum.

While Solomon’s studio life can be esoteric, her home life is bucolic. A longtime surfer at The Patch in Bolinas, she lives in a cottage with her daughter and Cannoli the bunny.

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