Debra Ramsay

Born in 1957 - United States


Debra Ramsay is an American abstract artist who does acrylic paintings, drawings and installations which explore the conceptual interaction of colors, lines and surfaces. She lives and works in New York. Ramsay graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1984 and then obtained a Barchelors Degree from the Brooklyn College in 1986. She also studied at the Oregon State University in Corvallis, where she graduated in 1999. She was offered several residencies at the Albers Foundation, at the Golden Family Foundation, in New York, and at the BAU Institute in Otranto, Italy.

Ramsay's technique started with an idea. From there, she chose the appropiate support and method to give life to her concept. A big part of her work is painted with acrylics on polyester film, paper or cardboard.

Ramsay's work has a systematic and mathematical approach strongly influenced by color. She interacts with nature, recording the changing colors of the elements of the natural environment, such as landscapes, fruits, leaves and trees. She often comes back to the same precise place during different periods of the year, to see how the colors changed over time. Back in her studio, she enters the colors that she observed in a digital program that analyses them and uses these analyzes to combine the paint. The resulting work presents an abstraction of spaces and specific objects in time, determined by mathematics and explored by geometry and colors.

Ramsay' work is influenced by nature, seasons, changing landscapes and the passage of time. She gets inspired by systems, mathematics and geometry, and engages in the application of these fields of thought to the abstract interpretation of color, space and time. Her work is strongly influenced by a quote of American abstract artist, born in Germany, Josef Albers: " There is deep harmony in the immeasurable spectrum of color".

In February 2015, Carl Belz of the art blog "Left Bank" wrote about Debra Ramsay:
"Her vertical clusters and horizontal stacks resemble the colorfield paintings of the 60s by Gene Davis and Kenneth Noland. Debra Ramsay has mentioned her... interest in creating an art "without ego"... A radical ambition of a period when individual emancipation and expression are encouraged in our culture... Against such excesses, Debra Ramsay stands like an alternative note describing herself as a meditation agency, "one conducted by the arrangement of shapes and the positioning of colors..."

Ramsay's work has been widely exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in Italy, Thailand and Germany. She has been the subject of numerous articles and interviews for the press.
Ramsay's works are part of numerous private, institutional and corporate collections, such that at the Golden Foundation in New Berlin, in the state of New York, that at the Queens Hospital Center, at the New York Memorial Museum of September 11 and at the Ritz Carlton in 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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