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PAT R I C I A T R A U B


GALLERY HENOCH 555 WEST 25TH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10001 T: 917.305.0003 F: 917.305.0018 info@galleryhenoch.com www.galleryhenoch.com

Cover: Rambouillet Ram, Oil on Panel, 12” x 12”


PATRICIA TR AUB Animal Empathy November 3 - 26, 2016

Opening Reception for the Artist:

Thursday, November 3, 6-8 PM


Rescued Burrowing Owl Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


Guardian Patricia Traub’s harmonious menagerie echoes Edward Hicks’s Peacable Kingdom for a 21st century audience. Hicks, a Quaker preacher, painted over sixty variations on the Bible passage from Isaiah that offers a vision of peace among creatures that would by nature eat one another. His 19th-century images conjure a world redeemed from sin, aspiring to a state of grace before the Maker. Traub’s paintings resound in an era for which ecology and redemption are an urgent, tangible need dependent on action. Neither the Soul nor Heaven is at stake; it is the planet and its inhabitants, its elemental ecosystems that threaten to collapse and perish. Small groups of animals and their human companions wait in the darkness of Traub’s shrinelike paintings. These stark, hushed settings contrast with Hicks’s verdant life at the edge of forests. They compel meditation on the here and now, never mind the hereafter. Traub’s practice is equally rooted in a close study of art history and hands on experience. Some of her contemporaries, such as Diane Burko, Sue Coe, Walton Ford, and Alexis Rockman have drawn attention to the climate crisis through their art. Each integrates their artistic engagement with political activism by varying degrees. Traub’s imagery is intricately connected with her work on behalf of the environment. She has learned how to see and how to depict animals from direct experience throughout the globe, including Borneo, Egypt, France, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Norway, South Africa, and Tanzania. She says, “The underlying context in my painting is about our responsibilities to all living things and the environment we all live in. I am deeply involved in various organizations fighting for the environment.” Traub’s empathy shapes the manner in which she composes her paintings. Each animal is carefully observed as an individual, its feathers, fur, gesture, and weight carrying signs of a distinctive being – not merely a specimen or type. The alert red-haired woman in The Animal Watcher sits exuding calm and authority surrounded by four creatures that bear physical features that help them survive and stand out among their species. Through her posture and pose, she conveys a sense of equilibrium, one to which she has pledged a vigilant watch. It is the most hopeful and serene of Traub’s new group of paintings, suggesting the power and weight of stewardship through

relationships and care. The woman is present, but does not seem to touch or intervene among the animals; she is a companion naked among them in organic unity. Other works convey the grave, somber impulse for Traub’s glowing vignettes. Her settings elegantly establish this meaning through their omissions. Men and women, birds and mammals occupy shallow precipices against the deep soot of the universe punctuated with scattered stars. Stone slabs stand in for earth. There are no water sources, no verdant landscapes full of wildflowers buzzing with pollinators, no sun. In some images they rest as though in underground shelters for something above ground to pass -- for the air to be safe, for the water to run itself clean. Despite this, they show no anxiety, no alarm. They are calm and resolute. Each painting carries a subtle mourning quality – a hushed and votive atmosphere. This calm is disarming and deceptive -- what accounts for where they are and how they are presented speaks to possible futures and a dire state of affairs that is a call to action. Traub is concerned with the moment and what she can do to draw attention to the stakes and depict the inhabitants and variety of the Earth’s ecosystem before they become more statistics. It is an act of devotion and beauty amidst a desperate predicament. There is a video in which Traub draws a live white rabbit in her studio, an act that sounds like trying to catch rushing water with your hand. She draws while the rabbit explores its alien surroundings -- little heart beating twice as fast as yours, mouth twitching, nose quivering, stretching this way and that, looking up and over, not so much as hopping, as lilting. “I am trying to anchor one of the gestures,” Traub tells us, her pencil swirling about the paper as though feeling for a place to land. Eventually, plied with carrot and hay, the rabbit sits contentedly for her, still as only a rabbit can be. It is a simple goal that she admits; but it is linked to life, cause and affect, perception and relationships. Robert Cozzolino The Patrick and Aimee Butler Curator of Paintings

Minneapolis Institute of Art


The Animal Watcher Oil on Linen 30” x 30”


A Wild Savanna Vervet Monkey Oil on Linen 30” x 28”


The Caregivers Oil on Linen 55 1/2” x 89 1/2”


A Pair of Buffalo Weavers Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


Adolescent Serengeti Lion Oil on Linen 18” x 22”


He Caries the Wild Gene Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


Watching Over Them Oil on Panel 10 1/2” x 12”


The Fledgling Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


Lineback Cow Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


A Harlequin Rabbit on a Ledge Oil on Panel 14” x 17”


The Rehabilitators Oil on Linen 34 3/4” x 45 1/4”


The Last Captive Douc Langur Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


A Lineback Heifer Oil on Panel 12” x 12”


Barefaced Go-Away Bird Oil on Linen 18” x 22”


PATRICIA TRAUB

Born: Allentown, PA 1947 Selected Solo Exhibitions: 2016 Animal Empathy, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2010 Biophilia, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA 2008 Origins and Originals, Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT 2006 Ten Years, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA 2004 Animalia, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA Transgressing the Barriers, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA 2002 Universal Cord, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA 1998 Galleri Ericson, Oslo, Norway 1996 Balancing Act, Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA 1995 Working Studies and Inspirations, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Library, Philadelphia, PA Selected Group Exhibitions: 2016 50 Years a Dealer: George Henoch Shechtman, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2015 I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2014 Dallas Art Fair, TX Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY 2013 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Dallas Art Fair, TX 2012 Haunting Narratives, Detours From Philadelphia Realism, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA Winter Group Show, Gallery Henoch, New York, NY The Female Gaze, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum, Philadelphia, PA 2011 Gallery Henoch, New York, NY Pictures of the Body, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA Anatomy Now, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2010 Kitsch Biennale, Palazzo Cini Museum, Venice, Italy 2008 Kitsch Biennale, Pasinger Fabrik, Munich, Germany 2007 Small Works, Bachelier Cardonsky Gallery, Kent, CT 2006 National Juried Exhibition, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Fragile Treasures, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA 2004 National Juried Exhibition, The Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA


2002 28th Juried Show, Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA 2001 Apropos, Lambertville, NJ 2000 Wildlife, Art at City Hall, Invitational, Philadelphia, PA 1997 Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA 1995 The Realm of Morpheus: Dream Image in Art, Nexus, PA Foundation for Today’s Art, Philadelphia, PA Rodger LaPelle Galleries, Philadelphia, PA Message From the Planet: Artists Work to Save the Earth, Noyes Museum, Oceanville, NJ Pleiades Gallery, Invitational, New York, NY The Fractured Exhibit, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA 1994 Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA Continuing Connections, Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA Selected Publications: 2013 Foreman, BJ, “Paintings for the Planet,” The Artist’s Magazine, pp 36-43, September 2012 Sozanski, Edward, “Haunting Narratives, A Woodmere Great Idea,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 3 2011 Fabbri, Anne R, “The Beautiful Bodies, Yes. But Sexy?” Broad Street Review, February 17 Jordan, Courtney, “Fur, Feathers, Scales and Tails,” Artist Daily, May 3 2010 Shinn, Phebe, “Two Galleries, Four Artists, Many Approaches.” Weekly Press, November 23 Catalogue, Kitsch Biennale, Venice, Italy, September 17 2008 Catalogue, Kitsch Biennale, Munich Germany, September 11 Catalogue, Kitsch Biennale, Venice, Italy, September 11 “Kitsch Biennale,” Suddeutsche, Munich Germany, September 11 Krauss, Annette, “Desire for Security,” Donaukurier, Munich, Germany, September “Interview With Thomas Linsmayer,” Kitsch Biennale, Abend Zeitung, October 22 2006 Fowler, Marie, “Back to Basics,” Ticket, June 1 Strauss, R.B, “First Friday: The new art season starts off bittersweet,” The Weekly Press, August 30 2004 Fowler, Marie, “Wayne Art Center Presents Open Juried Exhibition,” Main Line Times, April 15

Gehman, Jeoff, “Exploring the World of Animals With a Human Touch,” The Morning Call, August 19 2002 Sozanski, Edward, “Painting with an Empathy for Animals,” The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 2000 Denker, Carol, “Local Artists Bring Wildlife to City Hall,” Art Museum-Home News, April 1996 Brown, Gerard, “Go Figure,” Philadelphia Weekly, October 1995 Brown, Gerard, “Dream On,” Philadelphia Weekly, December Cavanaugh, Tony, “International at Pleidas Gallery.” ARTSPEAK, February – March Awards: 2010 Faculty Enrichment Grant, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 2006 Jurors Award, Juror Donald Kuspit, art critic, Wayne Art Center 2004 Leeway Foundation Grant, Window of Opportunity 1998 Leeway Foundation Grant, Window of Opportunity 1989 Mary Butler Memorial Purchase Prize, Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1988 The Thouron Prize, composition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts The J. Henry Schiedt Memorial Scholarship, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts The Eleanor S. Gray Still Life Award, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts The Benjamin West Prize, figure painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1987 The Charles Toppan Prize, drawing, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts The Packard Prize, animal drawing, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts The Cecilia Beaux Memorial Prize, portrait painting, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1986 The South Street Art Supply Award, drawing, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum Permanent Collections: Woodmere Art Museum (Philadelphia, PA) Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA) Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA) Bryn Mawr College, The William and Uytendale Scott Memorial study collection of works by women artists (Bryn Mawr, PA)


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