Corey Drieth received his MFA from the University of North Carolina and is currently Co-Director of Visual Art at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he lives and works. His paintings have been widely exhibited, including a two-person exhibition at the gallery in 2013 with Bay Area artist Lena Wolf. Forthcoming exhibitions include Aftereffect at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe and a solo exhibition at Ampersand in Fall, 2016. His work is also featured in the latest issue of New American Paintings, West #120.
Drieth’s paintings and drawings explore contemplative spiritual experience. His work begins with the basic design and construction materials of gouache and wood. Through the economical use of line, color, texture and the illusion of light and space, he creates a visual dialogue between painted surface and wooden substrate. The resonance of this interaction is at once expansively mysterious and intimately familiar, an experience often associated with moments of contemplative insight. He aligns his work within the American tradition of small-scale, non-representational abstraction, noting artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle as precedents and sources of inspiration.
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