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Artist Gudrun Mertes-Frady

Gudrun Mertes-Frady



Gudrun Mertes-Frady is a New York-based abstract artist whose work blends geometric structure with intuitive, painterly explorations of color and line. Mertes-Frady was born in Cologne, Germany. She studied painting and art history at the Cologne Academy of Fine and Applied Arts. Raised in a family of architects, Mertes-Frady learned early on to appreciate the visual language of the grid. Her background led her to appreciate the structure of paintings by Constructivist artists like Malevich and Bauhaus artists like Mondrian. After extensive travels in Europe and the United States, she moved to New York in 1981, where she maintained studios over many years in the Garment District, on East 29th Street, Soho and China Town. During this time she exhibited extensively in Germany (Cologne-Leverkusen, Berlin, Weimar and Karlsruhe) and the United States (New York City, Atlanta, GA, Saint Paul, MN, with reviews in Art in America, Artnews, NY Times, NY Observer, Der Tagesspiegel, Die Welt and others. In 1998, Mertes-Frady moved to Brooklyn, NY, where she now lives and works. Her work is in many public, private, and corporate collections, including that of Rockefeller University, Universal Music, The Busch Reisinger Museum, Gwyneth Paltrow, the American Embassy in Dubai, and many others. Mertes-Frady shifts her practice between painting and drawing. Her processes for the two are quite different. Her drawings manifest quickly and intuitively as she applies multiple layers of Conte crayon, graphite, charcoal and metallic crayon to hand-made sheets of Japanese paper, such as Kozo (made from mulberry trees) or Gampi (made from the Gampi bush). Her work on mylar evolve over a longer period of time. Using a mixture of ink and water based media, she creates layered, expressionistic, abstract compositions, often using both the front and back of the semi-translucent surface in order to add dimensionality and depth. Her paintings are all oil on canvas, linen and sometime wood panel. She frequently includes pigments of aluminum and graphite. This metallic media becomes activated by ambient light, creating a kinetic effect when the work is viewed from different angles. (All the white appearing lines in some of her paintings are actually metallic oil paint and change from soft grey to a luminous silver.)

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18 Eckford Street 3B, Brooklyn, NY 11222

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