Keltie Ferris - New Now Day Sale New York Sunday, February 28, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Keltie Ferris, November 29, 2012 – January 12, 2013

  • Literature

    Nathaniel Lee, "Keltie Ferris, MITCHELL-INNES & NASH | CHELSEA," Artforum, November 2013 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "Consider Turn Turn Step Step, where Ferris adopts Franz Kline’s transverse lines as a general compositional strategy, only to atomize Kline’s stark strokes into a colorful, techno-futurist dreamscape bursting with attendant fluorescent energy." - Nathaniel Lee, Artforum

  • Artist Biography

    Keltie Ferris

    American • 1977

    Brooklyn-based artist Keltie Ferris is most famous for large-scale paintings covered in layers of spray paint and hand-painted geometric fields. Ferris creates perceptual depth through a distinctive use of light and shapes. Her work often gives the illusion of a pixelated landscape though it remains abstract in its final form. While spray paint is typically associated with graffiti or temporary, "on-the-go" artistic practices, Ferris harnesses its dynamism to create stable, highly intricate scenes from combinations of vibrant colors.

    She also uses her own body as a tool, covering it in oil and paint and pressing it against the canvas. She repeats this process numerous times to record her own trace as a slow but visible disappearance of the artist into the work.

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Turn Turn Step Step

oil and acrylic on canvas
90 x 80 in. (228.6 x 203.2 cm)
Signed, titled and dated "Turn Turn Step Step 2012 Keltie Ferris" on the reverse.

$30,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $40,000

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New Now Day Sale

New York Auction 29 February 2016 11am