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Private Gallery
Patsy Krebs @ Haines Gallery, San Francisco, Opening Reception: May 1st @ 5:30pm
Patsy Krebs
Patsy Krebs
  Dear (sm.)ART friends,

Patsy Krebs

would like to invite you to visit her show

PATSY KREBS: Hibernal Dreams


May 1 - May 31, 2008

@ Haines Gallery

49 Geary Street, 5th floor

San Francisco, CA 90108

Gallery hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10.30 am - 5.30 pm; Saturday, 10.30 am - 5 pm
Phone: 415.397.8114

Opening Reception:
Thursday May 1st, 2008
5:30 -7:30PM

A native of Northern California, Patsy Krebs' formative years as an artist were spent in New York. She later lived in Los Angeles where she earned an MFA degree in 1976 and began an exhibiting career. She currently divides her time between Northern California and Southern Colorado. Patsy has taught extensively at art institutions throughout California, most recently at Dominican University, San Rafael. A recipient of the 1995 Pollack-Krasner Award, Patsy Krebs' work is included in several important collections including the Achenbach Foundation of the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida. For list of exhibitions, bibliography, collections and teaching history, visit Patsy's web site @

Hibernal Dreams, a new series of paintings by Patsy Krebs, is the artist's seventh solo show at Haines Gallery. Patsy Krebs exhibits wood panels on which she has built up slow color gradations in imperceptible layers of gesso-based mixed media. With minute differences of color, she creates sensuous, mystical paintings using multiples of that least-sensuous central form, the rectangle. She seems to paint air with air, yet Krebs' air leaves a veil-like mark on the surface. By building up many layers of thin color to different depths, she maintains the approximation of an organic atmosphere in which strictly demarcated geom etric shapes are seamlessly integrated into the whole. The effect is mesmerizing. In these paintings, Krebs's interests lie in the idea of energy moving to the center and in the hidden processes of winter. The images evoke memories of snowed-around holes in the ice.

In A Study of Trees in Winter, IV, 2006, Krebs uses one repeated shape and one toned, tinted, and shaded color with such skill that the contemplative viewer can find subtle echoes of the entire history of art from Greek columns through the landscape of the sublime to color field abstraction and op art to minimalism. That the resulting image is spare and ethereal is further testimony to the success of Krebs' paradoxical vision.

Patsy Krebs is guiding the viewer onto a subtle passage from one state of mind to another and is taking him/her onto a journey to serenity and silence deriving from wordless regions of the inner nature of things. Krebs's works are filled with a sensuous and meditative inwardness. One may find himself overwhelmed with a highly charged emotional response as this journey may deeply touch one's soul by evoking a spiritual bonding between man and some universal natural order.

"The artist positions herself within a tradition that poses an alternative to external inundation. Both at first glance and in the end her works remind us of what it is to have a direct, unmediated experience."

Nancy Doll, Director
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum

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Patsy Krebs


Patsy Krebs
A Study of Trees in Winter, IV
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