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Justine Frischmann
San Francisco, California

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"Scientists describe our brain in terms of its physical details; they say we are nothing but a loom of electrical cells and synaptic spaces. What science forgets is that this isn't how we experience the world. We feel like the ghost, not like the machine." Jonah Lehrer, Proust was a Neuroscientist

My work is driven by an evolving personal narrative, particularly my relationship with spirituality and the great dichotomy between faith and doubt, finding one's way through the darkness. I prefer to work without knowing what the painting will become, allowing  for a greater sense of freedom and discovery. It is a daily meditation, an exercise in relaxed presence and faith.

Architecture and the aesthetics of maps influence my work. I"m interested in "innate" geometrical forms and man's seemingly inherent need to impose geometrical structure on an amorphous world.

My work explores the tension of opposites, order versus chaos, the rational versus the intuitive, doubt versus faith. The paintings are part of a greater personal transformation, the search for balance and synthesis in my life.



born: London, United Kingdom


University College London BSc(Arch) 1993

selected awards/honors

Shortlisted for Marmite Prize for Painting, 2013 (catalogue)

selected publications

Studio Visit Volume 16: The Open Studios Press p. 64-65, 2011

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Unspeakable Projects, San Francisco, CA, 2013 (upcoming)
Michelle O Connor Gallery: Mothertongue, San Francisco, CA, 2010
Nalanda Gallery: Deposit and Friend of Deposit, Boulder, CO, 2008

selected group shows

The Coin Locker: Alltogethernow, Brooklyn, NY, 2012
RGB Gallery: Results May Vary, San Francisco, CA, 2012
Sloan Fine Art: Alternative Press 25th Anniversary Show, Manhattan, NY, 2011


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