Angela Perko Biography

The Garden of Dreams, 2015

60 x 72 inches  |  oil on canvas

She was born in Hollywood, Florida where in her youth she saw undeveloped tracts of pine forests, palmetto plants, and tangled undergrowth interspersed with tomato farms and low lying marshland. The vivid colors of the fauna of this coastal city may serve as reference for the palette she employs today in her California views. Although primarily trained as a landscape artist, she finds herself producing still life, architectural landscape and portrait paintings.

Her studies took her from Florida to Lake Forest College in Illinois, and on to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and finally to Santa Barbara City College in California. Her primary artistic training took place over a four year period of study with celebrated California landscape painter, Michael Drury. Perko, ever one to express herself succinctly, recollects that her serious studies as an artist began only ten years ago.

The artist, her husband and her two daughters live in Santa Barbara, California. When asked about the artists whom she found most influential in her artistic development Perko sites the work of Emily Carr, Thomas Hart Benton, Diego Rivera, Robert Delauney and Georgia O'Keeffe.

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3:05 | Susan Bush

3:05 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for Angela Perko, New Paintings, 2009

3:34 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for Angela Perko, 2011, 2011

2:58 | Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer | Released for Angela Perko, 2013 , 2013

2:55 | Narrated by Jeremy Tessmer | Released for Angela Perko: Earthy Delights, 2015

3:34 | Narrated by Susan Bush | Released for Angela Perko: Relics of Another Eden, 2017

 

 

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AN ANALYSIS OF THE ARTIST'S WORK

Angela Perko has employed the "Seven's" reliance on bright colors with her own ability to reduce a painting's composition to a field of planes, each celebrating a color which at times is dissonant and at times harmonic to neighboring colors. Despite her efforts to flatten her planes of color, the artist manages to create paintings of remarkable depth and energy. Perko eschews the Group of Seven's reliance on the impact of brushstroke. Her work is characterized by a flat color field with little evidence of brushstroke.

I started painting landscapes mostly to be outside. Painting became my personal dialogue with naure. I was never concerned with accurately documenting a place, instead the paintings were attempts to conjure the essential nature of the subject and my own connection to it.

Generally, the picture plane is flattened to emphasize the relationship between objects and to bring the viewer more closely into the scene. Forms are stylized and colors are enhanced or left pure. Compositions are chosen to create rhythm and balance. The struggle is to obtain unity. It should be balanced, but not quite, precise but not perfect. Life should be sense just under the surface. - Angela Perko

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017  Relics of Another Eden, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2015  Earthly Delight, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2013  Angela Perko, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2011  Angela Perko, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2009  Angela Perko: New Paintings, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2007 Angela Perko, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2005  Angela Perko, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2004  Face to Face: A Selection of American Portraits", Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017   Masterworks, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2016   The Arts of Santa Barbara 1875 - 2016, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2015   The Declarations of Independents, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2014   Celebrating 30 Years of Art, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2012   Figuring Out California, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA
2011-2018  100 Grand Show, Sullivan Goss, Santa Barbara, CA

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