Thursday, August 22, 2013

Peggy Gyulai Paints Music

Abstract Expressionist painter Peggy Gyulai is 2013 artist-in-residence with de Young Museum, San Francisco. During her residency, which she will complete September 1, Gyulai has been exploring music's role in and influence on paint's "expressive possibilities". Each week of her residency, titled "The Art of Painting Music: Allegro (ma non troppo)",  is music-themed; while at de Young, Gyulai has been or will be listening to classical, jazz, and contemporary music — the works of Chopin, Debussy, Satie, Eric Whitacre, Bela Bartok, Elgar, John Adams, Bill Evans, and other composers — and painting her responses.

Gyulai's lyrical paintings are stunning.

In the video "Painter in Residence", Gyulai takes us behind the scenes as she talks about music as "the primary source" of her inspiration. 

Gyulai, whose work is found in scores of museum and private collections, studied painting and sculpture at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has collaborated with a number of symphony orchestras and discussed her artistic methods at many arts educator conferences.

Gyulai's studio is in the Mission District of San Francisco.

Read "Q&A with August Artist-in-Residence Peggy Gyulai", de Young Museum Blog, August 14, 2013.

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