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Brenda Zappitell

Born in: 1964

United States

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Brenda Zappitell is an American abstract painter known for her colorful, gestural action paintings. Inspired by the methods of Abstract Expressionism, Zappitell employs a mixture of memory and intuition to create her compositions. She lives and works in South Florida.

Zappitell employs a mix of mediums in her paintings, including acrylic and flashe. She uses cold wax as a varnish on many of her panel paintings to attain a matte finish. Her process can be described as performative: paint brush in hand, she moves her entire body in a flowing, gesticulating, highly physical way, allowing her movements to inform the contact her brush is making with the surface.

The resulting marks are organic and lyrical, and often circular in nature. Her surfaces look worn and washed, as several layers accumulate and collaborate in the final image. No definitive plan is made ahead of time—the process leads her where it wants her to go. A work is finished when it conveys an elusive sense of balance between beauty and imperfection.

Zappitell has described her work as flowing “directly from a deep well of intuitions and impulses." Eschewing logic, she relies instead on what she calls her “primal inner voice." She is inspired by the feeling of her paints and the movement of her body. She aspires to make real the energy that comes from the painting process itself. She has named Abstract Expressionist painters like Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning as major influences, especially recalling their technique of applying wet paint on top of wet paint, known as “alla prima." Although she is influenced by her visual environment, especially the images she sees in nature, her objective is not to make pictures of anything figurative, but is rather to convey the ephemeral qualities of emotion and “inner life."

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  • Painting Abstract

  • Painting Acrylic

  • American Artist

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Brenda Zappitell, Bloom Memory, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Bloom Memory, 2017
60 x 60 inch
Painting

$16,805

Brenda Zappitell, Knowing, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Knowing, 2017
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Family Portrait, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Family Portrait, 2017
65 x 89 inch
Painting

$24,082

Brenda Zappitell, Water Memory II, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Water Memory II, 2019
50 x 50 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Water Memory I, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Water Memory I, 2019
50 x 50 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Cloud Memory II, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Cloud Memory II, 2018
60 x 60 inch
Painting

$16,805

Brenda Zappitell, In Response, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

In Response, 2018
50 x 50 inch
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$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Interconnectedness, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Interconnectedness, 2017
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, White series 11, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

White series 11, 2017
34 x 22 inch
Painting

$4,234

Brenda Zappitell, A response to joy, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

A response to joy, 2017
40 x 60 inch
Painting

$13,629

Brenda Zappitell, Power Flower, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Power Flower, 2017
60 x 60 inch
Painting

$16,805

Brenda Zappitell, Today, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Today, 2017
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Moments, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Moments, 2018
50 x 50 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Flower III, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Flower III, 2018
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Flower II, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Flower II, 2018
60 x 48 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Flower I, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Flower I, 2018
50 x 50 inch
Painting

$14,688

Brenda Zappitell, Blue, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Blue, 2018
50 x 50 inch
Painting

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Brenda Zappitell, White Series 12, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

White Series 12, 2017
34 x 22 inch
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Brenda Zappitell, White Series 13, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

White Series 13, 2017
34 x 22 inch
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Brenda Zappitell, Cloud Memory, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Cloud Memory, 2018
60 x 60 inch
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Brenda Zappitell, Uncommon, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

Uncommon, 2017
50 x 50 inch
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Brenda Zappitell, White series 10, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

White series 10, 2017
34 x 22 inch
Painting

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Brenda Zappitell, At the moment, Painting

Brenda Zappitell

At the moment, 2017
50 x 50 inch
Painting

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