Whitney Brooks Abbott

Tide Flux 20 x 16
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Whitney Abbott

“Tide Flux” 20 x 16, oil, painted in Carpinteria, Santa Claus Beach

“Purple Sage” 16 x 20 oil, painted in the Carpinteria Foothills, exhibited at a benefit for the Land Trust for Santa Barbara in 2011, to raise money to re-open the Franklin Trail in Carpinteria.

“January Color Study 1” 12 x 12, oil, painted in the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, preserved by the Land Trust for Santa Barbara with Oak Group’s help, this land maintained by UCSB

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Whitney Abbott was born in 1972 in San Francisco, CA.  At the age of three, she and her family moved to Carpinteria, CA, where she spent much of her childhood drawing the life she found around her on her family’s avocado and lemon ranch.   Whitney attended UC Santa Cruz   from 1990 to 1994, majoring in Fine Art through Porter College.   In 1993 she received a fellowship to study at the Yale School of Art in Norfolk, CT.  After graduating, she returned to Southern California, where she continues to paint and teach in the Santa Barbara area.  Whitney shows her work with the Santa Barbara based Oak Group, and at the Easton Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.

“Painting, for me, is a celebration of our material world in a very spiritual sense.  As a painter, I study the interaction of light against surface, and take this material relationship into the personal world of my imagination.   At the same time, working with the very tangible elements of the paint itself, I honor the physical nature of creativity.

“To give to the world by taking from it, is the best way to describe why we make art.  Some paintings may be more successful than others. But if, in the process of investigation, we stumble across a new idea, or an old, well used understanding of beauty, the discovery is worth celebrating.”

WHITNEY BROOKS ABBOTT
3898 Via Real
Carpinteria, CA
(805) 745-8766
www.wbabbott.com

EDUCATION

-University of California, Santa Cruz,   B. F. A. June 1994, Art Major, with  honors
-Yale School of Art, Norfolk, CT, 1993
-Cate School, Carpinteria, CA 1990, cum laude

ART EXHIBITIONS —  SELECTED  SHOWS

-2012       “East West” with Whitney Hansen, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
-2010        New Work, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-2009      “Roads Leading Home,” solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-2007      “Harvest,”  solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara. CA
-2005      “The Greening”   solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-2003      “Industry and Agriculture,”   solo exhibition, Santa Barbara Arts Fund
-2003      “Antiphon”   solo exhibition, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-2002     “Inside Out,” with Susan Colgan, Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY
-2001    “Fresh Paint,” with Tom Henderson, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-2000    “Through Windows and Doors,” with Whitney Hansen, Atlantic Gallery, New York,  NY
-1999    “New Works,” with Whitney Hansen,, Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-1997   “Generations,” with Whitney Hansen, Easton Gallery,  Santa Barbara, CA
-1994   “Paddock”, Solo exhibition, Bridge Gallery, University of California at Santa Cruz, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

-1994   Arlington Gallery, Santa Barbara , CA
-1995-2009  Easton Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
-2000-2009  Atlantic Gallery,  New York, NY
-2004-2005  Le Celle Gallery, Fairfax, CA
-2005-2009 Trowbridge Gallery, Ojai, CA
-1994-2009 Santa Barbara Based Oak Group, environmental preservation themed: Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, Santa Barbara, CA
Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Cabrillo Arts Center, Santa Barbara, CA
Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Nicassio, CA
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery,  “The Political Landscape”, Los Angeles, CA

fellowships and awards

-1992 William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship
-1993 Yale Summer School of Art Fellowship
-1994 University of California at Santa Cruz, Dean’s Award
-2002 Santa Barbara Arts Fund Individual Artist Award, in painting

PUBLICATIONS

Fine Art Connoisseur,  March 2006, “Welcome Spring”
American Artist,  September 2006, “The Oak Group, Preserving Natural Landscapes”
Southwest Art, November 2004, “In Their Element”
Southwest Art,  September 2002, “21 Under 31”
Santa Barbara Magazine,  Winter 2001, “Meet the Family”

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