San Francisco artist Stephanie Peek’s paintings have been exhibited in both national and international galleries and museums.
She graduated with an MFA in painting from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Art History from Wellesley College, Boston. She has taught painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, Diablo Valley College, Academy of Art University, Dominican University in San Rafael, California, and has been a visiting lecturer at University of California at Berkeley.
Her awards and honors include Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, Borso di Studio in Florence, Italy; J. Ruth Kelsey Travel Grant; Susan B. Irwin Scholarship in the Visual Arts; a Virginia McPheter-Stoltz Fellowship and was nominated for the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Fellowship and the SECA award at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Peek’s paintings and artists’ books have been exhibited at the Contemporary Museum of Art in Prato, Italy; the University of California, Berkeley; the University of California, San Diego; the Museo Italo-Americano, San Francisco; and the Oakland Museum of California. Her artists’ books are in the collections of the Library of Congress of the United States, the New York Public Library, Harvard and Stanford Universities and the University of California at Berkeley, as well as many private collectors nationally and internationally.
Reflecting the anxiety of abundance, I have floated tulips, roses and other flowers from 17th century still life paintings through the dark smoky atmosphere of my earlier paintings of night gardens.
The dramatic light and rich colors refer to the work of Dutch painter Rachel Ruysch. The softer, lighter paintings reflect the melancholy of early 18th century French painter Jean Antoine Watteau.
Suspended in silence, flowers speak for me – of fragile beauty and the ephemeral nature of worldly delights. I find that painting can be a site of meditation, suspending time, making time irrelevant, and can put me in touch with that which does not decay.
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