Franklin Parrasch Gallery is pleased to present this viewing room of works by Anne Appleby (b. 1954, Harrisburg, PA), dedicated to the life and work of our friend and colleague Ed Gilbert.
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“What Appleby’s paintings ask you to do is lose yourself, enter the interior space that can come with looking, but, in these content-driven times, seldom does.”
– John Yau, “A Monochrome Painter’s Immanent Light” (2019)
“[Appleby’s] paintings are landscapes of a nature that is invisible to our eyes but not to our conscience, which goes beyond the visible.”
– Collezione Panza
“It’s slow art. That’s the way nature is, too, very slow.”
– Anne Appleby, “Mesmerizing study of one Montana mountain at Anglim Gilbert” (2018)
Anne Appleby is widely known for her necessarily contemplative, monochromatic paintings and works on paper. Inspired by her surrounds in the Montana wilderness, each work represents a distillation of the landscape.Appleby studied at the Philadelphia College of Art before relocating to Montana in 1971, subsequently earning a B.F.A. at the University of Montana, Missoula, and eventually establishing a studio and residence in the sparsely populated community of Jefferson City.
In addition to earning a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1989, Appleby’s educational background includes a fifteen year-long apprenticeship with Ojibwa artist and holy man Ed Barbeau, from whom she learned and refined processes of intense meditative awareness in nature. The tenor of Appleby’s work reflects the sensation of that observational practice which resides at the core of her philosophical approach to painting.
Appleby’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions since at galleries and museums within the United States and internationally, including at Franklin Parrasch Gallery (New York); Mayor Gallery (London); Gallery Paule Anglim and Anglim Gilbert Gallery (San Francisco); Borzo Gallery (Amsterdam); Tacoma Art Museum (Washington); Museum Ritter (Waldenbuch); and Villa e Collezione Panza (Varese). Appleby has been included in such group exhibitions as Indestructible Wonder (San Jose Museum of Art); Agnes Martin, Robert Ryman, Merrill Wagner, and Anne Appleby (Foundation de Lijnen); Modern Art, Modern Lives (the Austin Museum of Art); Pushing Paint (Joseph Helman Gallery); and Of the Moment: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). Appleby’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Daimler Art Collection (Stuttgart/Berlin), Denver Museum of Art (CO), Microsoft Corporation (Redmond), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Panza Collection (Lugano), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), and the Seattle Art Museum (WA), and in a permanent installation at Palazzo Ducale (Sassuolo), amongst others.
Appleby is the recipient of several grants including the Pollock Krasner Foundation, the Western Arts Federation, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grants; and the SECA Award (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) and the David S. McMillan Award (San Francisco Art Institute).