Pamela Keravuori is an American contemporary artist whose abstract mixed-media paintings combine expressive markmaking and controlled but colorful energy to explore visual metaphors from a long, passionate and only sometimes comprehensible life. After decades of living, studying and adventuring on three continents, Keravuori has recently returned to painting in order to record the emotionally-charged fragments and contradictions of her peripatetic life.
Keravuori’s large paintings seek to balance her individual complex humanity against current forces that seem to want easy legibility or sorting. She blends her early artistic influences (from Gorky and de Kooning to Stuart Davis) with the many cultures she has experienced and the fluctuating artistic concerns of today. From hitchhiking across Europe to studying in various languages to raising her children behind the Iron Curtain in Berlin and on a Middle East war front, she plumbs the passions of memories that remind us that daily life is an extraordinary act.
In searching for authentic expression while abstracting her life through a new mature lens, she allows legibility and ambiguity to teeter across pictorial space. Memories and impressions emerge and coalesce, cross-reference, arrest and intrigue across her paintings’ surface. As she explores the energy and lessons of a lifetime’s arc, she welcomes the need to experiment within her painting medium. Both process and chance play their roles. Deliberation and intuitive calibration work together to pull the emotional charge and the storyline into play. Line work adds both drawing and calligraphy, stencils recall Arabic geometry and Roman architecture, textures build to resemble stone ruins and textiles, spray paint allows delicate layering. This fluid abstraction allows Keravuori to investigate and reinvent the impact of decades of memories on an invigorated present.
Keravuori currently works from her new light-filled studio in the Virginia treetops. Until her last solo show in 1989, she regularly exhibited in the U.S. and in Germany. Her Athenaeum solo exhibit in 2020 marked her happily renewed relationship with painting.
Her works are in private and public collections in the US, Germany and France. For information on available pieces or to arrange for a studio visit, please enquire.
SELECT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Oct - Nov 2020 Painting While Barefoot, The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA
May - Jun 1989 Pamela Keravuori, The Art League, Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA
SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2022 Invasion, IA&A at Hillyer Gallery, Washington DC
2021 Women in the Arts 2021, Latela Curatorial, Washington, DC
2021 Garden Party, Latela Curatorial, Washington, DC
2021 All Abstract, 311 Gallery, Raleigh, NC
2020 Moments in Time, Athenaeum Annual Invitational, Alexandria, VA
2019 Board Games, Athenaeum Annual Invitational, Alexandria, VA
2017 Glow, Athenaeum Annual Invitational, Alexandria, VA
1981 Amerikanische Künstler in Berlin (American Artists in Berlin): Lynn Bowers, Jimmy Clark, Pamela Keravuori, John Schuetz, Gary Rieveschl, Christine Viera; group exhibit at Amerika Haus, Berlin
2020 In the Galleries: Pamela Keravuori: Painting While Barefoot, by Mark Jenkins, Washington Post review (https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/art-shows-dc-galleries/2020/11/19/7383102c-2835-11eb-9b14-ad872157ebc9_story.html)
2017 Where Women Create Magazine, Winter Issue cover story
2013 Mastering the Art of French Eating: Lessons in Food and Love from a Year in Paris, by Ann Mah, Penguin Books, cover photo
1989 Pamela Keravuori at the Torpedo Factory, Washington Post review
1981 Amerikanische Künstler in Berlin (American Artists in Berlin): Lynn Bowers, Jimmy Clark, Pamela Keravuori, John Schuetz, Gary Rieveschl, Christine Viera, by Ludwig, J.W., Berlin, Amerika Haus, exhibition catalog
US State Department, Berlin
Freie Universität Berlin/Boston University, International Relations
Rhode Island School of Design, President's Fellow
American University of Beirut
City Polytechnic University, London
Oxford University, Heinz Scholarship
Universités des Toulouse et Bordeaux
Arcadia University, French Literature