PENELOPE GOTTLIEB (b. 1952)

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB After receiving her BFA from the Art Center College for Design in Pasadena, Penelope Gottlieb went on to earn her MFA from the University of California in Santa Barbara where she currently lives and works. Gottlieb’s artistic repertoire is thoroughly modern and includes innovative paintings as well as compelling media design, for which she received an Emmy in the field of motion picture title design in 1993.

Gottlieb’s more recent works showcase a unique synthesis of her modern graphic design background and the vintage botanical renderings of natural scientists. However, her paintings are also unique in their perspective on the traditional floral still life. Stylized flora and fauna are depicted as emanating from a comic book explosion, illustrating what the artist refers to as “the dire state of the planet” as faced with species extinction and the resulting biological and ecological ramifications. These violent representations of the artistically typified placid natural world are intended as “visual eulogies for lost plant life.” The particular specimens that Gottlieb depicts are in fact extinct and she is able to recreate them only from historical drawings and botanist’s descriptions.

Although avant-garde and aesthetically unique, Gottlieb’s paintings delineate clear influences from the renowned artists of Pop and Expressionist art. The composition of many of her paintings is reminiscent of Kandinsky’s canvas-filling outpours while her bold color palette and black outlines recall Lichtenstein’s comic book panels. Her work is also closely related to a more contemporary group of artists, including Alexis Rockman, Rachel Berwick, and Mark Dion, whose pieces also illustrate a coalescence of art and science. Gottlieb’s paintings ultimately serve as acknowledgments of brutally lost nature, but simultaneously capture the power of the imagination and a hope for renewal.

PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Potentilia multijuja
acrylic and ink on panel
78 x 84 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Hopea shinkeng (EX)
acrylic and ink on canvas
78 x 66 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Phragmites australis (IAS)
acrylic and ink over John James Audubon print
60 x 40 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Castilleja cruenta standl
ink, acrylic and oil on canvas panel
50 x 40 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Phyllostachys nigra (IAS)
acrylic and ink over John James Audubon print
38 x 25 1/2 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Solanum dulcamara (IAS)
acrylic and ink over John James Audubon print
38 x 25 1/2 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Helianthus divaricatus (IAS)
acrylic and ink over John James Audubon print
38 x 25 1/2
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Hibiscadelphus wilderianus
ballpoint pen and graphite on paper
59 1/4 x 39 1/4 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Byttneria ivorensis (EX)
acrylic and ink on canvas
40 x 28 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Desmodium canade
acrylic and ink over Audubon print
23 x 17 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Cattleya schilleriana (EW)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Cypripedium anethinum (VU)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Cyrtopodium punctatum (EN)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Thelymitra variegate (LC)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Sudamerlycaste cinnabarina (LC)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Dendrophyla lindenii (EN)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20 in.
PENELOPE GOTTLIEB
Paphiopedilum urbaniaum (CR)
acrylic over aluminum
24 x 20 in.
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