‘Surfaces’ by Debra Clem

Artist Debra Clem’s exhibition “Surfaces” features nine paintings in two bodies of work. What ties them together are the surfaces of the art, and her focus on what she calls “a meticulous, observational style of painting.” Clem, a professor of fine arts at IUS, built her career on figurative work, and she excels at it. Five of the works in the show are figurative. The other series features experimental paintings where she applied oil paint to digital images on canvas. The title of the show, “Surfaces,” has many meanings. “Strong women like these (not those caricatured by Hollywood) usually aren’t portrayed in our culture,” she said. “My aim was to paint them as the strong women they are — and celebrate them for who they are.”


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