TERESA STANLEY


STATEMENT

My most recent series of paintings is called Reservoir. I completed these paintings over the past year in what was a very focused and productive time for me. Many calamitous and unsettling world events took place during this period, a time also marked by heavy rains that brought about the end of a long and severe drought. Water, life sustaining and reflective, is also capable of great turbulence and destruction. Thus it became an apt metaphor for me as I attempted to puzzle through these paintings.

As I worked, I began to construct in my mind an imagined environment that contained structures to direct, collect, contain, extract, traverse and conduct water. Taking the form of blueprints, pipes, bridges, escarpments, aqueducts and towers, the images that emerged seem to be constructed resourcefully and logically from random scraps and remnants of my consciousness; instructions, thoughts, memories and historical evidence. The structures are both bulwarks and conduits that help to navigate the complexity of experience.

My work is abstract but I am guided by a strong narrative impulse. My process is intuitive and I prefer to puzzle out the painting through the process of making rather than starting with a concrete plan or image. My work courts uncertainty and chaos while also desiring control, analysis and rationality. I am drawn to the natural world but feel a strong affinity for architectural spaces. My paintings are humorous but come from a sincere and heartfelt place. I feel comfortable working within these contradictions.

Random events, people and objects informed this series. The national political drama, my late father's electronic schematic drawings, the music of Alice Coltrane, the photographs of Bernd and Hila Bechter, the color in Matisse's paintings and my interactions with the natural world, including my daily walks with my dog at the marsh near my home. I take it all in and let it wash over me in all its wonderful confusion.


PROFILE

Teresa Stanley’s topographical compositions create a world where strong shapes reverberate and interplay with spatial fluidity. The architectural quality of her work is undeniable. The abstract forms become buildings that construct neighborhoods and the lines create an intricate navigational network of connection. Stanley’s layered surface relationships are a metaphor for the delicate balance between what is man-made and the forces of nature we seek to harness. She embraces the duality of being both map-maker and wilderness guide.

Teresa likes to convey a sense of contradiction through her choice of unexpected palettes and layers of translucent surface marks and imperfections. She reminds us that humanity is messy and chaotic, born out of tension. Evolution is the inevitable outcome of dynamic lines insinuating order in an otherwise unruly terrain. Teresa’s most recent body of work is centered on the idea of “an imagined environment that contained structures to direct, collect, contain, extract, traverse and conduct water”. Stanley prefers to work intuitively, relying on memory and emotion to inform her pieces.

Teresa Stanley is an accomplished mid-career artist with an MFA from U.C. Berkeley. She is presently a Professor of Art at Humboldt State University. Her work is held in a number of public and private collections. Stanley has been the recipient of several artist grants and independent awards in the last three decades. Her work has been featured in innumerable solo and group exhibitions. Teresa presently works and resides in Arcata, CA with her husband, Jack, and her son, Alex.


BIOGRAPHY

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Berkeley

Master of Arts, San Francisco State University

Bachelor of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara

Professional EXPERIENCE

1991 - Present
Professor, Art, Humboldt State University

1989 - 1991
Lecturer, Art, San Francisco State University

Selected Solo and Two Person Exhibitions

2018
Teresa Stanley: Reservoir Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, CA

2017
Teresa Stanley: The Water Seekers  HSU Third Street Gallery, Eureka, CA

2015
Teresa Stanley: Paintings  Annex Gallery, CSU Sacramento 
Teresa Stanley: The Mid-Day Garden Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, California

2012
Teresa Stanley: New Paintings Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, California
Teresa Stanley: Treasure 555 California Street Lobby, San Francisco,       
Teresa Stanley: Treasure 199 Fremont Street Lobby, San Francisco

2011
Teresa Stanley: New Paintings Bryant Street Gallery, Palo Alto, California

2009
Teresa Stanley: Paintings Piante Gallery, Eureka, California

2006
Teresa Stanley: Works on Paper 2004-2006 Stellar Somerset Gallery, Palo Alto, California

2004
Teresa Stanley: New Paintings   Stellar Somerset Gallery, Palo Alto, California

2003
Leslie Price/Teresa Stanley New Paintings   Humboldt State University, First Street Gallery

2002
Off the Canvas: Geometry and Space Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont, California

1998 
Teresa Stanley: Moving Pictures Pence Gallery, Davis, California
Teresa Stanley/Stephanie Peek:  3-D Painters Modesto Junior College Art Gallery, Modesto, California

1997
Teresa Stanley: Recent Paintings Carnegie Museum, Eureka, California

1996
Teresa Stanley:  New Paintings and Drawings Reese Bullen Gallery, Humboldt State University

1991
Introductions 91:  Teresa Stanley and Shelley Jordan  William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

Selected Group Exhibitions

2018
Authentic Threads Canvas and Clay Gallery, Eureka, CA

2017
The Art of the Flower  Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO  group invitational
William Rainey, Theresa Robinson, Robert Roth, Teresa Stanley 4-person exhibit, Blue Gallery, Kansas City, MO

2016
HSU Staff and Faculty  Haldan Gallery, South Lake Tahoe Community College          

2014-16
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art  Connect & Collect, San Jose, CA

2014
Parallel Play  Prographica Gallery, Seattle, WA

2013
Botanically Inclined  Morris Graves Museum of Art, Eureka, California

2012
Affordable Art Fair  Los Angeles (with Anelle Gandleman Fine Art,  NY)
Art: Hamptons International Art Fair, New York (with Anelle Gandleman Gallery, NY)

2011
Abstraction  Piante Gallery, Eureka, CA 
Affordable Art Fair  NYC (with Anelle Gandleman Fine Art, NY)
Introduction Group Show K. Imperial Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
San Francisco Art Fair (with Bryant Street Gallery) SF, CA

2010
Faculty Exchange Exhibit California State University, Stanislaus

2008
Red Dot Art Fair, New York, New York (with Bryant Street Gallery)
2nd Biannual Exhibition of Small Work Todd Gallery, Middle Tennesee State University.  Juror Dave Hickey (catalog)              

2007
10th Anniversary Art Exhibit   Golden Foundation for the Arts, New Berlin, New York (catalog)

2005
The Art of the Small Painting Stellar Somerset Gallery, Palo Alto, California

2003
African Artists/American Artists American Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya
Artists Council 34th Annual National Juried Exhibition Palm Springs Desert Museum                                                                                                                       46th Annual International Award Exhibition San Diego Art Institute International Juried Show New Jersey Center for Visual Arts 

1999
Regional Invitational Exhibition First Street Gallery, Eureka, California
Northern National Juried Exhibition Nicolet College, LRC Gallery Rhinelander, Wisconsin

1997
Abstraction ‘97 II  The Stage Gallery, Merrick, New York
National ‘97 Exhibition ARTernatives, San Luis Obispo, California
Exemplary Contemporary  Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, UCSC
Summer Show:  Gallery Artists  Joan Roebuck Gallery, Lafayette, California
The Third Dimension   Center for the Visual Arts, Oakland, California

1996
Concerning Wood  Joan Roebuck Gallery, Lafayette, California

1995
Rational and Emotional Abstractions:  Lee Musgrave, Deb Ramsey and Teresa Stanley  Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College, Grants Pass, Oregon
Women Artists 95  Matrix Gallery, Sacramento, California
Teresa Stanley (3-person exhibit) SF MOMA Artist’s Gallery San Francisco, California
About Abstraction:  Teresa Stanley (5-person exhibit) Bedford Gallery, Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, California

1994
Small Extravagances Gallery 57, Fullerton, California
Drawn to Abstraction Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol, California
4th Annual Works on Paper Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California

1993
Tribute  William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California
Gallery Artists William Sawyer Gallery, San Francisco, California

1990
Bay Arts Annual   San Mateo Arts Council, San Mateo, California

1989
Paper in Particular   Columbia College/Missouri Arts Council, Columbia, Missouri

HONORS/AWARDS

2009
Ingrid Nickleson Trust Individual Artists Grant

2003
Samuel E. and Adele Golden Foundation Individual Artist Grant

2001
Humboldt State University Emeritus Faculty Grant

1997
2nd Place Award, Exemplary Contemporary, U.C. Santa Cruz
Juror:  Peter Gordon, Head Curator, San Jose MOMA

1996
Humboldt State University Affirmative Action Mini-Grant

1986
S.E.C.A. award nominee, SF Museum of Modern Art

1977
U.C. Art Affiliates Award for Excellence in Painting

Publications

2018
Murphy, Rachel and Weber, Dalton “The Water Seekers”  (exhibition catalog)

2016
Studio Visit Magazine Summer 2016, Open Studio Press
Woven Tale Press  Volume IV, No. 8 October 2016

2010
Reyner, Nancy  Acrylic Innovations: Styles and Techniques of 64 Visionary Artists Northlight Books, October 2010
Studio Visit Magazine  Volume 11, Summer 2010, Open Studios Press Humboldt State University Faculty Exchange Show CSU Stanilaus (catalog)

2008
Nuell, Lon, Hickey, Dave “12 x 12 Tennessee State University” (exhibition catalog)

2007
Murray, Mary E.  “Golden Foundation for the Arts 1997-2007” (catalog for the 10th  Anniversary Exhibition)

2004
Stellar, James  “Teresa Stanley: Paintings”  (catalog)

2003
Robertson, Gwen  “Teresa Stanley: Keyholes” (exhibition catalog)  

selected bibliography

2017
Gopinath, Gabrielle  “Water Seekers and Pretty Ones” review The North Coast Journal October 4, 2017
Butler, Wendy  “Art Waves: Teresa Stanley”   Interview on KHSU about my exhibit at Third Street Gallery

2016
Jaegar, Emily  “Interview: Teresa Stanley: The dance between the scientific inquiry and the artistic one.”  Woven Tales Press, October 2016

2011
Evans, Richard "Abstracted" The Northcoast Journal  December 1, 2011 Alderson, Julie “My 4-year-old Cannot Do This” How to Look at Abstract Painting “  Humboldt Magazine  Spring 2011

2009
Butler, Wendy “Art Waves”  KHSU   Radio interview about my work.

2004
“Golden Grant for NorCal artist”  Artweek  May 2004

2002
Beeler, Monique "Canvas can't contain this exhibit at Olive Hyde" The  Argus  May 2002

1998
Stutzin, Leo “Artists show three-dimensional works”  Modesto Bee February 1998
Servis, Nancy M.  “Big Plans in Store at Pence Gallery”  The Davis Enterprise  January 1998
Moyle, Marilyn “Third Saturday Openings” a New Trend for Davis Art?”   The Davis Enterprise  January 1998
Harrington, Shayne “The Pence Gallery Collection Unites Structure with Chaos with Teresa Stanley’s Moving Pictures”   The California Aggie  February 1998    

1997
“Painted Sculpture: Abstract art inspired by old buildings” The Times Standard  September 1997

1995
SF MOMA News  March/April 1995 pg. 19 (reproduction)
Thyme, Jolene “Abstraction Show focuses on lesser-known artists” Contra Costa Times, January 1995

1994
Wilson, Sally, “The Big Picture”  Diablo Arts Magazine   Dec/Feb 1994