Lydia Bassis

 

Originally trained as a printmaker, Bassis’ paintings tell stories using an invented language of symbols.  She uses these symbols working intuitively and improvisationally to explore unseen energies revealing and unraveling tales that cannot be communicated in words. These symbols represent ideas, thoughts, and experiences deeply personal to Bassis;  they appear to hover mysteriously and yet harmoniously within quiet contemplative backdrops. 

 

Lydia’s work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and is held in many private and public collections. She is a recipient of numerous awards including a grant from 4 Culture, a Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, was an Artist in Residence at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, and the Women’s Studio Workshop in New York. She was a featured artist in the 2011 West Coast issue and the 2007 MidAtlantic issue of New American Paintings.

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Past Exhibition

UNSPOKEN | new works by Lydia Bassis, 2018

TO THE OCEAN | works by Lydia Bassis, 2017


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Artist Statement

Subliminal 1
14 x 11″ acrylic and oil on linen over wood panel
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My work process is exploratory; I rarely start a painting with a clear idea of how it will look when it’s finished. What I do instead is have a feeling I’m working toward, something slightly intangible that becomes more concrete as my decisions with color and form play themselves out. In each painting I try to achieve a very specific balance; I want the work to be visually interesting but also quiet and to promote a meditative feeling.

My work process is exploratory; I rarely start a painting with a clear idea of how it will look when it’s finished. What I do instead is have a feeling I’m working toward, something slightly intangible that becomes more concrete as my decisions with color and form play themselves out. In each painting I try to achieve a very specific balance; I want the work to be visually interesting but also quiet and to promote a meditative feeling.

I consider the imagery in my work to be a private symbolism and my shapes and forms are born from my imagination. I think of each painting as a vignette capturing a moment, experience, interaction, or feeling. My paintings are about things that mostly can’t be described in words, and things that can’t be seen, like energy.

 

— Lydia Bassis

Oceans Away
24 x 30″ acrylic and paper on wood panel
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I consider the imagery in my work to be a private symbolism and my shapes and forms are born from my imagination. I think of each painting as a vignette capturing a moment, experience, interaction, or feeling. My paintings are about things that mostly can’t be described in words, and things that can’t be seen, like energy.

 

— Lydia Bassis

Drift
37 x 28″ acrylic and collage on paper, framed
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Bassis has an MFA from Rutgers University, a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art History from the University of Washington.

Bassis has an MFA from Rutgers University, a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art History from the University of Washington.