BRENDA ZAPPITELL

During her visit to Manneken Press in February 2017, Brenda Zappitell created twenty seven monotypes. This was the first foray into printmaking for Zappitell, a painter known for her use of exuberant colors and vigorous brushwork.

Zappitell synthesizes her observations of nature, the concept of Mindfulness or awareness of being in the present moment, and life experiences with aspects of automatism and action painting to form a hybrid abstraction for the 21st Century.

The artist began each print with a plate rolled with a uniform color ground of ink. She established initial forms by making intuitive marks with silver ink, which functioned as a neutral tone, and further developed the image with additional colors and gestures. Many of the prints were complete only after multiple passes through the press, creating a layered richness of color. The “ghost image” left on the plate was often utilized in subsequent impressions. Metallic particles added to certain inks impart a shimmer to the finished works.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Brenda Zappitell is a contemporary abstract expressionist artist. Her non-objective work is influenced by nature, intuition and her own life experiences. With a background in social work and law, she is mostly self-taught as an artist. Zappitell exhibits regularly in the United States, and her work can be found in many public and private collections, including St. Regis Hotel, NYC; Boca Raton Museum Of Art; MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston; and The University Of North Texas.

EDUCATION

1986  BSW, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

1990  JD, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL

SOLO & TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS

2017 Habitual Observations, Brenda Zappitell and Madeline Gallucci, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

2015 Brenda Hope Zappitell:A Journey Of Gestures, Boca Raton Museum Of Art, Boca Raton, FL.

2013 Juxataposed Gestures, Lisa Bartelson and Brenda Zappitell, Fresh Paint Art Gallery, Culver City, CA

2013 Gallery Orange, New Orleans, LA

2013 Brandon Reese and Brenda Hope Zappitell, Exhibit By Aberson, Tulsa, OK

2012 Brenda Hope Zappitell, A Chronicle of Gratitude, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2011-12 Brenda Hope Zappitell: An Exhibition of Paintings, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2011 Brenda Hope Zappitell & Rudy Gonzales, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

2010 Fragments:Claire McArdle & Brenda Hope Zappitell, Darnell Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 Women, Children and Immigrants, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2016-17 Page Bond Gallery, Art, Richmond, VA

2016-17 Winter Collective, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO

2016  Selections: Summer Group Exhibition, Slate Contemporary, Oakland, CA

2016 Trifecta: Jen Pack, Ken Tate and Brenda Zappitell, Exhibit By Aberson, Tulsa, OK

2015 Expectations, co-curated by Brenda Zappitell and Melanie Johanson, Cornell Art Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2015 Liminal Spaces, Slate Contemporary, Oakland, CA

2015 Artistas Del Sol, RC2 Gallery, Boca Raton, FL

2014  Massively Small, J Go Gallery,Park City, UT

2014 Summer Solstice, Fresh Paint Art Gallery, Culver City, CA

2014 Spring Awakenings, Chase Edwards Gallery, Bridgehamton, NY

2014 Littlejohn Contemporary, New York, NY

2014 Art Palm Beach 2014, represented by Rosenbaum Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL

2013-14  Idle Hands, Turner Carroll Gallery,Santa Fe, NM

2012  HAZE: A Summer Group Exhibition, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2012 White, Exhibit by Aberson, Tulsa, OK

2012 Art Palm Beach  represented by Rosenbaum Contemporary

2011 Los Angeles Art Show, represented by Rosenbaum Contemporary, West Palm Beach, FL.

2010 Season Preview, Rosenbaum Contemporary, Boca Raton, FL

2009 Artprize, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Grand Rapids, MI

2009  8th Annual Collect: Inside 8, Center For Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2009 International Group Juried Exhibition, The Taos Gallery, Taos, NM

2009 50th International Award Exhibition, The San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA, Juror: Julia Marciari Alexander

2008  7th Annual Collect: Inside 8, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM

2002  Inspirations 2002, Cornell Museum, Delray Beach, FL

2001 The Boca Raton Museum of Art, 15th Annual Art Festival, Boca Raton, FL

2000 Artist Guild Biennial Exhibition, The Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL

AWARDS, HONORS, PUBLICATIONS & RESIDENCIES

2016 New American Paintings, No. 124, Southern Issue

2015 Resident Magazine, Art/Life Introspective, Inside The Work and World of Artist Brenda Zappitell, June Issue

2013 Professional Artist Magazine, A Sense Of Place, Five Abstract Artists Reveal How Environment Influence Their Work, written by Brenda Hope ZappitellApril/May Issue.

2012 Professional Artist Magazine, Balancing a Family Life and A Creative Life, written by Brenda Hope Zappitell, Dec/Jan 2013 Issue

2012 Professional Artist Magazine, Inside The Artist’s Studio: Six Professionals Share Their Studio Spaces,

Part 1 & 2 with Alex Couwenberg, Alyssa Monks, Robert Kingston, Johnnie Winona Ross, & Laura Schiff Bean written by Brenda Hope Zappitell, Sept. & Oct. Issue

2012  Dave Bown Projects, Unrestricted Monetary Award to Visual Artists, 4th Semiannual Competition

2012 Art New Orleans Magazine, Brenda Hope Zappitell’s Work, Modern Abstract Expressionism As It Evolves And Flourishes, Summer Issue

2012 Professional Artist Magazine, Prelude To A Solo Show: How Three Top Artists Prepare, with Erin Cone & Jamie Kirkland, June Issue

2012 Artwork Featured in Coastal Living Magazine

2012 “Artist of The Month” for artistsnetwork.com

2011 Finalist in The Artist Magazine 28th Annual Art Competition

2011 Studio Visit, The Open Studios Press, Beth Venn, Juror

2010 Artslant.com, First, Second , Third & Fifth Showcase, Showcase Winner

2010 International Contemporary Masters

2009 Myartspace.com, November, Featured Artist

2009 Artslant.com, September, Showcase Winner

2009 The Taos Gallery, International Group Juried Exhibition, People’s Choice Award

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Boca Raton Museum Of Art, Boca Raton, FL
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
University Of North Texas, Business Leadership Building, Denton, Texas
St. Regis Hotel,  NYC, NY
Hard Rock Hotel, Tampa, FL
DoubleLine Capitol, Los Angeles, CA