Hilary Brace

Born 1956
Hometown Seattle, WA
Lives and Works Santa Barbara, CA
MFA Painting, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 1985
BFA Painting, Western Washington State University, Bellingham, WA, 1983

Boise Art Museum, Boise, ID
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan, UT
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Susan and Leonard Nimoy Collection, NY
Western Washington State University, Bellingham, WA

Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, NY

Hilary Brace is known for her dramatic, exquisitely rendered cloudscapes. Her images have a photographic veracity, but with their vaporous forms and roiling clouds, they imply spaces that are psychic in nature, almost primordial.

In creating both her drawings and prints, the artist begins without premeditation and her images emerge through an explorative process that allows them to unfold in unanticipated directions. Each image seems a complete meteorological landscape, full of unexpected atmospheric events, making these places both palpably real and surreal at the same time. The artist invites the viewer to surrender to the logic and beauty of this world without allowing it to become familiar.

Brace is the recipient of numerous national and regional awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (2006), National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1993), California Arts Fellowship, and two grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Courtesy of the artist

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