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June Yokell

Pinole, CA

For as long as I can remember observations of the natural world have dominated how I experience the world. I’m drawn to painters and writers who describe the physical as well as their psychological response to the land, those who each in his or her way describe the physical or psychological climate of place. The sources of my work are cell phone photographs printed on regular printing paper taken during various walks, hikes or looking out of windows. I start my paintings by a gesture and try to keep the whole painting fresh from the beginning when I lay down the large planes right through to the layering of the many marks of paint that indicate plants or water or cracks in the hill.  What I hope to achieve are non-verbal felt experiences of the physical world, which are vibrant, alive, and mysterious.

I've been an artist for the past 40 years, received my BFA and my MFA from California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. I primarily work in oils.  I've shown my work at the SFMOMA Artist Gallery, in San Francisco and at Susan Eley Fine Art in New York City and at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. I have work at the Zuckerberg Chan SF General Hospital's Art Collection and at Stanford University's Cancer Center in San Jose, CA and work at the US Embassy in the United Arab Emirates. I've had two wonderful artist residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, in 1999 and 2008. My work is included in the 2015-2016 Studio Visit Magazine.

 

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