Those who are not conversant in works of art are often surprised at the high value set by connoisseurs on drawings which appear careless, and in every respect unfinished; but they are truly valuable... they give the idea of a whole.
- Sir Joshua Reynolds
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- Anais Nin
 

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Carolyn Pyfrom

Posted by Charley Parker at 8:11 am

Carolyn Pyfrom
Carolyn Pyfrom is a painter based here in Philadelphia whose rough edged textural style, coupled with strongly geometric compositions, gives her work a satisfying sense of unity and visual strength.

She works with a muted, carefully controlled palette that further serves to accentuate the textural quality of her work.

Pyfrom studied Japanese art and culture at Obirin University in Tokyo, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Troy University in Alabama, where she pursued an interesting double major in Studio Art and Mathematics. She continued her studies at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where she also served as a student drawing instructor.

She is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

The galleries on her website are apparently divided by place; whether that also corresponds to periods in time, I don’t know. I particularly enjoy those compositions in which she plays with an interior space, usually a studio, in which she has placed her model. Sometimes she portrays herself reflected in a mirror, but not in traditional self portrait configurations, with the mirror catching the interior space at unusual angles.

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  1. Comment by roman liberty
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    melancholia at its purest

  2. Comment by Daniel van Benthuysen
    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 @ 5:23 pm

    Another great post, Charly.

    Beautiful paintings. Like a gentler, more humane version of what was done by Euan Uglow.

  3. Comment by Mike Manley
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 @ 3:03 am

    Carolyn is a great painter, teacher and a really sweet person. I was fortunate to have here as a teacher my second year. Her current show along with her husband Peter Van Dyck is not to be missed at Artist House in Philly, as no picture can really give you the real beauty of the paintings.I think her work has really grown a lot in the past 2-3 years.

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