“Rivers United Series 2014-001”
Original Medium: Oil on canvass
Location of box art: 7th & N Streets
Brenda Louie was born in China. She received her BA degree in Economics and MA degree in Studio Art from California State University in Sacramento (CSUS) and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree from Stanford University in 1993.
Brenda currently teaches studio art in the art department at CSUS; Brenda has been a visiting artist in several institutions including Northern Illinois University in 2012.
Louie is a painter as well as an art installation artist. Her works consistently demonstrate uniqueness in fusing both western and eastern aesthetics and thoughts.
Her large format paintings and art installations have been exhibited nationally and internationally including Crocker Art Museum, Nelson Art Gallery in UC Davis, Zhejiang Museum in Hangzhou, P.R. China. Her art has been collected by private sectors as well as public institutions such as Wickland Oil Corporation in California, Farhat Art Museum in Beirut, Lebanon and Ningbo University in Ningbo, China as well as CSU, Sacramento.
A retrospective exhibition of work of Brenda Louie will be held at the CSUS Library Annex Gallery in Fall 2015. A catalogue of Louie’s works will be published in Summer 2014 with essays contributed by six international scholars. She is invited to present her solo show at the Kenneth B Gallery in Florence , Oregon in August 2014. Louie’s new work is included in an invitational show, Bloom, at the Pence Gallery, Davis, California in March 2014.
“The Rivers United Series 2014-002”, was created in response to the Sacramento State University’s One Word One World Initiative 2012 campus-wide event to the scientific and poetic interpretation of the word “water”. Furthermore, this work was inspired and intensified by the artists concerns of the safety in drinking water while I was working with international artists in Beijing in the summer of 2012.
I intentionally use blue palette in concert with methodological naturalistic painting techniques of flowers and contemporary painting attitude to create a visual experience that is to draw attention for collaborative efforts to promote and preserve safe water and clean air for all to enjoy. The positive visual presentation of this work symbolizes the optimism and the mutual desire that lead to the ultimate triumph of global efforts.