Ilene Spiewak received her B.A. from The Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. in Art Therapy from Hahnemann University Hospital. Ilene studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Moore College of Art, the Fleisher Art Memorial, the Provincetown Art Museum, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She is currently enrolled in the low-residency program at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where she will receive an M.F.A. in Painting. Ilene is a painter, therapist, and educator and lives in West Stockbridge, MA.
Throughout her career, which is steeped in 50 years’ first-hand observation and study, she has investigated the physical relationships between color and visual space. Her paintings are built of layers of washes and bold color, creating subtle irregularities in placement of composition on the canvas. She continues to push the boundaries of this exploration to create tension and informed passion, breaching staid boundaries of painted images.
“My work as a painter involves making images from a near non-representational position, moving toward abstraction. While working on 2 or 3 canvases at a time, I consider what is in front of me as well as what I invent. My body of work has a sense of excitement and energy achieved through layers of color that build on one another. I draw basic compositional elements to make forms and shapes on the canvas which may be painted out or enhanced with bold lines and washes of strong color combinations.”
“I am inspired by the very essence of color and form in nature. I love to paint work informed by figure, landscape, and still-life. My subject matter is in line with philosophical discourse on the sublime and the beauty of the natural world.”
Ilene has had many solo and group exhibitions in Philadelphia and the Berkshires. Her work is in private collections throughout the U.S.