Erie Art Museum

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Erie, PA



The Life of Butterflies


On January 18, 2000 the Erie Art Museum will open an exceptional exhibition of oil paintings by figurative realist painter Claudia Kleefeld, on display in the ground floor gallery. The exhibition, The Life of Butterflies, features over 20 works including large-scale paintings as well as studies on paper, which offer a glimpse of her process in creating a work of art. (left: Silvana's Roads, 1998, oil on linen, 65 x 44.5 x 8 inches (framed), © Kleefeld 1999)

Kleefeld began oil painting in 1982 after working for in photography for many years. Currently she is focusing on themes of women and spirit, which, as she states, are parallel to her life. Symbolism is very strong in her work and create almost a magical and mysterious quality that leaves the viewer to wonder about the meaning behind the painting. However ambiguous, it is clear that her paintings take on a highly personal aspect, and yet, display universal sentiment. (right: The Flame and the Moths, 1998-99, oil on linen, 47.5 x 55.25 inches (framed), © Kleefeld 1999)

She has studied at many universities in the U.S. as well as London and has received many artistic awards in national and international exhibits. Although her work has been in hundreds of solo and group exhibitions, this is her first solo exhibit in a museum. An Artist's Talk & Opening Reception for The Life of Butterflies will be held on February 3. Kleefeld will present a lecture beginning at 7 p.m. with the reception to follow from 8 to 10 p.m. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit closes on March 18, 2001 and will then travel, after its Erie debut, to the Shiver Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. Kleefeld resides in Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. (left: Hands, 1997, oil on masonite, 11.75 x 9.75 inches (unframed), © Kleefeld 1999)

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