When I started painting in the 1950s, the rule of the land was abstract expressionism. Representational painting of any sort was considered to be a denial of the high calling of the artist. But somehow figures kept creeping into my work and, when I saw a show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1959, featuring the work of Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, and others, I felt even more authorized to find my own way between the figures of representation and the colors, shapes, and patterns of abstraction. Throughout my career I have been interested in capturing fleeting images and aspects of color, light, and shadow as they play across shapes and figures. I like to take something transient—a time of day, a momentary glimpse, a relation between two people—freeze it, and give that experience a resonance and a permanence through the resources available to me in art. In my work, I use a variety of materials and work in different media, but my goal has always been consistently to capture the beauty of everyday color and light. As Stephen Sondheim has written, “Color and light, there is only color and light.”
Dorothy (McGahee) Braudy is an artist born in Los Angeles and raised in Kentucky. A graduate of the University of Kentucky, she received an M.F.A. from New York University and taught for many years at Pratt Institute, the University of Maryland, and Goucher College. Her work, which includes painting, photography, and printmaking, has been shown in New York, Washington, Baltimore, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and is included in many private and public collections. A career retrospective of her work was shown at the Ellen Kim Murphy Gallery in Bergamot Station in 2000. Recent solo exhibitions include “Marking Time” (2005) and “Double Feature” (2007) at the Hamilton Galleries, Santa Monica, and in 2010 a one-person show at Northeastern University in Boston, as part of the conference “Art and Memory.” She will be showing with her son and grandson in an upcoming show called “(3) Generations” in 2014.