A Punch of Color

Fifty Years of Painting by Camille Patha

Rock Hushka and Alison Maurer

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  • Published: June 2014
  • Subject Listing: Art
  • Bibliographic information: 96 pp., 49 color illus., 8 x 10 in.
  • Distributed for: Tacoma Art Museum
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Throughout her six-decade career, Camille Patha's painting has oscillated between the figurative and the abstract. Patha began painting gestural abstraction in the 1960s then deliberately explored various painting styles, including hard-edged abstraction and surrealist-infused photorealism and, finally, a return to abstraction. During each era of her career, Patha demonstrated a full mastery of painting, presenting canvases that wholly embody her imagery and vocabulary with an unwavering voice and shocking vigor. Patha asserts her power as a painter by creating imagery of a complete universe that enables the viewer to be fully absorbed within a boundless volume. In her paintings, she shares a sense of wonder about the existential conundrums confronting every person and with the exuberance of her elastic symbolism. A Punch of Color is the first retrospective of her work since 1979.
Rock Hushka is curator of contemporary and Northwest art and director of curatorial administration at Tacoma Art Museum.