Timeline

1964
Born in New York City
1982
Alexander Medal, The Metropolitan Museum of Art Honorary Awards
1982–1984
State University of New York College at Purchase, Purchase, NY
1984–1987
BFA, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science, New York, NY
1987
Grumbacher Artist Award
1987–1988
Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (The Cooper Union Travel Abroad Award)
1990–1993
MFA, Hunter College of the City Universtiy of NY, New York, NY. Received Harriet Ruth Eagleson Scholarship Award (1990), Esther Fish Perry Scholarship Award (1992) and Hunter College Graduate Study Award (1992-1993).
1999
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant
2000
The Shifting Foundation Grant
Lives and works in Ojai, CA
Ruth Pastine was born and raised in New York City. In the early 2000’s she relocated to Southern California, where she currently works and resides. Today, Pastine continues to explore and evolve the concept of Minimalist theory. Through her work, color and light are reduced to their most elemental form; thousands of tiny brush strokes appear visually seamless, producing an image that is both objective and dematerialized. Challenging our preconceptions, Pastine explores the subtle character of color. Pastine’s manipulation of color, light and matter questions the visual experience and redefines the perceptual field.

Exhibitions

2015
Present Tense, Paintings and Pastel Works on Paper, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
2014
MIND’S EYE / Sense Certainty Series, Paintings and Pastel Works on Paper, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2014
Ruth Pastine Attraction 1993-2013, Paintings and Pastel Works on Paper, Lancaster Museum of Art and History – MOAH, Lancaster, CA
2014
Black and White: Reductive and Conceptual Art, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX
2014
Colorimetry, Lancaster Museum of Art and History - MOAH, Lancaster, CA
2014
Convergence, Marietta Patricia Leis and Ruth Pastine, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX
2013
Summer Group Exhibition, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
2013
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2013
Spring Group Exhibition, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2013
Interplay, Paintings and Pastel Works on Paper, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
2012
Transcending Abstraction: Contemporary Perspectives in Reductive Art, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2012
Accrochage 2012: Celebrating 21 years, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX
2012
Next Generation, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
2012
Imminence, Primary and Secondary Color Series, Quintenz & Company Fine Art, Aspen, CO (solo)
2012
Collectors Show, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
2012
Cool Calm Collected, Danese, New York, NY
2012
Summer Group Exhibition, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
2012
Selections, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Santa Barbara, CA
2012
Summer Pop, Edward Cella Art + Architecture @ Ilan Dei Studio, Venice, CA
2012
Transcending Abstraction ll: Contemporary Perspectives in Reductive Art, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2012
Transcending Abstraction: Contemporary Perspectives in Reductive Art, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2012
Counterpoint, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
2011
Winter Group Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2011
Latitude 34-40, Los Angeles incontra Napoli, Art 1307, Villa di Donato, Naples Italy
2011
Immaterial Matters, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2011
Attractions: Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA (solo)
2011
Transcendent Boundaries, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Santa Barbara, CA (solo)
2011
The Gleam in the Young Bastard’s Eye, William Turner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2011
California Contemporary, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2011
Summer Group Show, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2011
Art in Public Places, Peter Blake Gallery, Riviera Art Space, Newport Beach, CA
2011
Conquer Surrender, Green Orange Violet Secondary Color Series Paintings, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2010
Sulle Tracce di Luca Giordano, Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Contemporanea, Naples, Italy
2010
In House, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2010
Present Fugitive, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX (solo)
2010
Fresh Figures & Abstraction, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2010
Grow: From Nature to Beyond, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Quint, Three Decades, California Center for the Arts, Escondido Museum, Escondido, CA
2009
Limitless, Red Green Series, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
2009
Phase and Shifting, Gray Series, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (solo)
2009
Accrochage 2009, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX
2009
White, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2009
The Non-Objective Object, Four Abstract Painters, CSUCI Gallery, Camarillo, CA
2008
Convergence, Brian Gross Fine Art, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2008
Ever Present, Gallery Sonja Roesch, Houston, TX (solo)
2008
Supermarket, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2008
15 Years 15 Artists, Peter Blake Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2008
History is Now, Photographic Portraits by Donna Granata, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, CA
2007
X Invitational, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Cal State University Channel Islands, Camarillo, CA
2007
Black Light, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA (solo)
2007
Focus on the Masters, Tuesday Talk Series Interview, Ventura, CA (solo)
2006
Transformative, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA
2005
Good Clean Fun, The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA
2005
Installations, Yellow Violet Paintings, Bentley Projects, Phoenix, AZ
2005
Pool Party, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA
2005
Summer Sensation, White paintings, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2004
Inaugural Exhibition: 23+ on 9th St., Celebrating 23 Years, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
2004
New Location Grand Opening Exhibition, Scott White Contemporary Art, Telluride, CO
2004
Luminesce-Red Green, Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA (solo)
2003
Expedition-Yellow Violet paintings, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
2002
Breathing Room, Fifth Anniversary Exhibition, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2002
Signals, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2002
Terrain: Literal to Metaphysical, Scott White Contemporary Art, Telluride, CO
2002
Crossover, Kurashiki City Art Museum, Kurashiki, Japan
2002
Continuous Senses, Gallery Jurou, Kurashiki, Japan
2001
Abstraction and Immanence, Hunter College/Times Square Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY
2001
Monochrome/Monochrome? Florence Lynch Gallery, New York, NY
2001
Three Painters, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2000
Abstraction: Form To Field, Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
2000
(In)tangible, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
2000
Overcast, Allston Skirt Gallery, Allston, MA
2000
Live from New York, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2000
Numinous Duochrome, Yellow Magenta-Violet Paintings, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ (solo)
2000
Red-Green & Yellow-Magenta Paintings, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA (solo)
2000
Yellow-Magenta Paintings, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY (solo)
1999
New Paintings, Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA (solo)
1999
Core, Stark Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Sudden Incandescence, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, Nebraska
1998
Ray Paintings: Blue Orange Violet Series, Brian Gross Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1998
Ray Paintings: Blue Yellow Violet Series, Deven Golden Fine Art New York, NY
1998
What’s On The Wall, Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, NY
1998
4th Annual Group Show, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
1998
Gallery Artists, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
1998
Jewel Box Project, GAGA Gallery, New York, NY
1998
Self-Portrait, Gallery at Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY
1998
10 Year Anniversary Group Show, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
1997
Abstraction Index, Condeso/Lawler Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Art Without Curves, Invitational, Phoenix, AZ
1997
Benefit Exhibition, Pat Hearn Gallery, New York, NY
1997
On the Wall- Current Expressions in Contemporary Art, TIAA/CREF, New York, NY Ruth Pastine
1997
Presentational Painting II, Leubsdorf Art Gallery Hunter College, New York, NY
1997
Pools of Light, Donahue/Sosinski Art New York, NY
1997
Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair, Friedman-Guinness Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY
1997
Drawing from Life, Stark Gallery New York, NY
1996
Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair L.A., Friedman-Guinness Los Angeles, CA
1996
Places of the Imagination, E.M. Donahue Gallery New York, NY
1996
Formal Abstraction/New York, Ruth Bachofner Gallery Santa Monica, CA
1996
Summer 1996, Donahue Gallery New York, NY
1996
A Large Show of Small Works, Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
1996
Claremont Graduate School Gallery Claremont Graduate School
1996
East Meets West, West Gallery Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
1996
Mergings, Brian Gross Fine Art San Francisco, CA
1995
Vulnerability, The Dahn Gallery New York, NY
1994
Outreach Alumni 2, The Cooper Union New York, NY
1993
MFA Selection, Wexler Library, Hunter College New York, NY
1993
Diffusion Paintings, Times Square Gallery, Hunter College Gallery New York, NY
1991
Vorhees Open Studio Exhibition, Hunter College New York, NY
1991
Group Painting Exhibition, Hunter College Gallery New York, NY
1987
Grumbacher's Emerging Artists Exhibition, New York, NY
1987
Grumbacher's Emerging Artists Exhibition, New York, NY
1987
National Arts Club Annual Art Exhibition, New York, NY
1987
Annual Exhibition, Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union New York, NY
1987
Thesis Exhibition, Houghton Gallery The Cooper Union, New York, NY
1986
Annual Exhibition, Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
1986
Group show, Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union New York, NY
1985
Annual Exhibition, Houghton Gallery, The Cooper Union, New York, NY
1983–1984
Small Works, S.U.N.Y. Purchase Purchase, NY
1982–1984
Annual Exhibition, S.U.N.Y. Purchase Purchase, NY
1983
Annual Exhibition, State University of New York College at Purchase, NY
1982
Honorary Award Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
1982
Honorary Group Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY

Literature

2014
Ruth Pastine Attraction: Paintings and Works on Paper 1993-2013, exhibition catalog, Lancaster Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
2013
Interplay, Paintings and Pastel Works on Paper, exhibition catalog, Scott White Contemporary Art, La Jolla, CA
2012
Counterpoint, Pastel Works on Paper, exhibition catalog, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
2010
Fresh Figures & Abstraction, exhibition brochure, Scott White Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2009
Limitless, exhibition brochure, Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
2008
History is Now, Portraits by Donna Granata, exhibition catalog, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, CA
2007
SCIART Tenth, exhibition brochure, CSU Studio Channel Islands Art Center, Camarillo, CA
2006
New American Paintings, Open Studio Press, Boston, MA
2005
Bentley Gallery Publications, April – May 2005, Scottsdale, AZ
2001
Abstraction and Immanence, Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY
1997
Presentational Painting II, Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY
1993
XII Spring, M.F.A. Candidates, Hunter College of the City University of New York, NY