Debra Ramsay

Born in 1957 - United States


Debra Ramsay is an American abstract artist who creates acrylic paintings, drawings and installations that explore the conceptual interplay between color, line and surface. She lives and works in New York City.

Ramsay graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1984 then earned her BA from Brooklyn College in 1986. She also attended Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, graduating in 1999. She’s been awarded residencies with the Albers Foundation and The Golden Family Foundation, both in New York, and the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy.

Ramsay’s technique begins with an idea. From there she chooses the appropriate medium and method with which to realize her concept. Much of her work is painted with acrylic paint applied to polyester film, paper or museum board.

Ramsay’s process engages a systematic, mathematical approach heavily influenced by color. She interacts with nature, documents the shifting colors of elements of the natural environment, such as landscapes, fruit, leaves and trees. Often, she returns to the same exact spot at different periods throughout the year, documenting the shifting colors over time.

Ramsay’s work is informed by nature, the seasons, changing landscapes and the passing of time. She is inspired by systems, mathematics and geometry, and engaged in the practice of applying those fields of thought to the abstract interpretation of color, space and time. Her work is heavily influenced by a quote from the German-born, American abstract artist Josef Albers: “There is a profound harmony in the immeasurable spectrum of color.”

Ramsay’s work is included in numerous private, corporate and institutional collections, including those of Alliance Bernstein, New York and the Ritz Carlton, Dubai.

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Odetta, Brooklyn, NY

Mat/Tam, Palazzo Costa, Mantova, Italy, Curated By Lucio Pozzi

Desire Lines, Blank Space Art, NY, NY

Balancing Act, Blank Space, NY, NY

Boundary, Eo Art Lab, Chester, Ct

Opening To Perception, Franklin 54, New York, NY


Land, Air, Space, Projectartspace, NY, NY
57 W 57th Arts, NY, NY

Volume 2 Black & White, Schema Projects, Brooklyn, NY
Abstraction, Art Garage, Cheshire, Ct
Alex Paik & Debra Ramsay, Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Territory Of Abstraction, Pentimenti Gallery, Pa
Material Attraction, NYit School Of Architecture And Design, New York, NY

Landscape As Time, Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden/Pocket Utopia, NY, NY
The Brucennial, The Bruce High Quality Foundation, NY, NY
Made In Paint, Golden Foundation, New Berlin, NY
Doppler Shift, Visual Arts Center Of Nj, Summit, Nj

Session One, Pocket Utopia Gallery, NY, NY, Curated By Austin Thomas
Rituals Of Exhibition Ii, H Gallery, Chaing Mai, Thailand
Doppler Stop, Parallel Art Space, Brooklyn, NY
Dual Zones, Key Projects Art Space, New York, NY
AnoNYmous Drawings 2013, Galerie Nord/Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany
Rituals Of Exhibition, Phayao, Thailand, Curated By Giles Ryder And Gilbert Hsiao

Encaustic Works Biennial ’12, The Gallery At R &F, Kingston, NY
Temporary Art Manto, A Series Of Brief Exhibitions, Curated/Organized By Lucio Pozzi And Annarosa Buttarelli, Italy
Making Room, Institute Library, New Haven, Ct
Doppler Stop, Curated Traveling Group Show. Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Berlin, And Zagreb
Grimshaw-Gudewicz Art Gallery, Jackson Arts Center, Fall River, Ma
Textility, Visual Arts Center Of Nj, Summit, Nj

Visual Phrasing, Maloney Art Gallery, College Of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown, Nj
An Exchange With Sol Lewitt, Mass Moca, North Adams, Ma

Illusive Balance: Transcendental Pattern And Layered Surface Balance: Transcendental Pattern And Layered Surface" Mabel Smith Douglass Library At Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Nj
Encaustic Invitational, Westchester Community College Center For The Arts, White Plains, NY

32nd Small Works, NYu Washington Square East Gallery, Daniel Ferris, Juror, NY, N
“In The Middle” Eo Art Lab, Chester, Ct
Metaphor Contemporary, Brooklyn, NY

Small Packages 14, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tn
Group Experiment, Eo Art Lab, Chester, Ct
Calculating Art, Mathematics In The Visual Field, Maloney Gallery, College Of St Elizabeth, Morristown, Nj, Virginia Butera, Phd Curator

12 X12, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Az
Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, Tn
Mostly White, Franklin 54 Gallery, NY, NY
From Minimum To Maximum, Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, Ma
National Encaustic Conference, Montserrat College Of Art, Beverly, Ma
2nd Annual Encaustic Invitational, Conrad Wilde Gallery, Tucson, Az

Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, Ma
Incognito, Santa Monica Museum Of Art, Santa Monica, Ca
Franklin 54 Gallery, NY, NY
Rochford & Messick Fine Art, Santa Fe, Nm
Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, Ma
Guild Hall Members Exhibition, East Hampton, NY
Sara Nightingale Gallery, Water Mill, NY
Group Show, Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY

Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, Ma
Looking In Looking Out, Paul Mellon Arts Center, Wallingford, Ct
Abstraction, Graphics Gallery, NY, NY

Catcalls, NYc Urban Experience Museum, NY, NY

George Waters Gallery, Elmira College, Elmira, NY
Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, Or

Sitka Invitational, Portland, Or
Regional Invitational, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Or

Landscape Invitational, Sunbird Gallery, Bend, Or

16th Annual Northwest Int’l, Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Wa

Of The Nature Of Water, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, Or

All Oregon Art Annual, Oregon State Fair, Salem, Or
Love And The Body Politic, Women’s Caucus For Art, Beaverton, Or

Celebrating The Instinctual Self, University Of Oregon, Eugene, Or
Issues Of Color And Gender, Tarlton State University, Stephenville, Tx

Depth And Diversity In Recent American Art, Bemus Point, NY
Newport Visual Arts Center, Newport, Or


Albers Foundation Residency, BethaNY, Ct

Golden Family Foundation, New Berlin, NY

Bau Institute, Otranto, Italy

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