The Portal of Abstraction – D0816-18

Date: Jul 23 - 27, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Rico Gatson

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Gain insight and access into the powerful realm of abstraction and how it can be used as a visual tool in this acrylic painting workshop. We delve into the basic visual elements of abstraction through the exploration of pattern, color, composition and fragmentation. Students of all painting levels are encouraged to experiment with surface texture as well as alternative painting materials, and are welcome to incorporate representational elements, such as photographs and figurative painting. These dynamic combinations result in bold and exciting images that use abstraction as a device to interrupt reality and present it in unique and surprising ways.

Media & Techniques:

Students work in acrylic on various substrates. Spray paint, glitter, photographs, collage and other materials are also incorporated.


Each day consists of demonstrations, one- on-one and group feedback and ample studio time for painting.


Rico Gatson received his M.F.A. from Yale University. His work addresses identity politics, the history of race, entertainment and spirituality. He has had solo exhibitions at Pierogi in Brooklyn, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York, Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles and Exit Art in New York. Rico is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City.

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