Lydia Bassis is a contemporary painter based in Seattle, WA. Her abstract paintings tell stories using an invented language of shapes and symbols. Bassis uses these symbols intuitively and improvisationally to depict unseen energies of thoughts, dreams, and intuitions that hover mysteriously, yet harmoniously within contemplative backdrops.
During a time of global social distancing, these ruminative works filled with expressive imagery awaken a deep sense of wonder that offers a touch-point to the enchantments of the natural world while we temporarily stay at home.
UNSPOKEN, Lydia’s most recent exhibition at our Pioneer Square, Seattle art gallery, featured a collection of new paintings demonstrating the artist’s interest in quantum theory and the concept that everything in nature is energy. Throughout this series, the artist refers to similar forms and symbols, the majority of works primarily acrylic on canvas, with others that include graphite, collage, or oil paint. On wood panels, the artist applies thin layers of clear acrylic to attach Japanese Kozo paper, achieving an almost translucent effect.