Reception: Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.
With uncommon discipline and a meticulous hand, Nicole Phungrasamee Fein challenges the
conventional use of watercolor and defies the limitations normally associated with the medium. Fein lays
down one horizontal band of watercolor at a time, slowly building fields of complex, luminous color.
They are at once emphatic and ethereal, reductive and quietly expressionist.
These highly disciplined works require absolute focus and patience. Slowing down is fundamental to
what I do. I use processes that are technical, but the essence of the work is not the technique—it’s the
process of slowing down and building something in a step-by-step, iterative manner. That is my
approach to every day.
Fein (b.1974, Evanston, IL) lives and works in San Francisco. Her recent exhibitions include Notations:
Contemporary Drawing As Idea and Process, Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis,
MO and Drawn/Taped/Burned: Abstraction on Paper, from the Sally & Wynn Kramarsky Collection,
Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY. Fein’s drawings are included in numerous public and private
collections including: Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, CA; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI;
the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; The Menil Collection, Houston, TX; The
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM; UCLA Hammer
Museum, Los Angeles, CA; University of Richmond Museums, Richmond, VA; and, the Whitney
Museum of American Art, New York, NY.
For further information, please contact Carol Corey or Jillian Brodie at 212-223-2227 or