Kelly Brumfield Woods
Kelly Brumfield-Woods (b. 1966, Los Angeles) received an acceptance to Otis College of Art and Design in mid-1980s, the same time she was asked to be Studio Assistant for Mary Corse. She opted for the latter and quickly established a full time Studio Assistant business, working closely with artists such as Billy Al Bengston, Charles Christopher Hill, and Frank Lloyd. She concurrently developed and expanded her own artistic practice.
Known for her hard-edge, geometric abstract paintings, Brumfield-Woods’ works explore visual perception, color theory, and pattern. Although formal aspects of the Light and Space movement are present, she eschews minimalism with the addition of glitter and soft textiles, such as fake fur. Viewers themselves activate the works, which shift in color, tone, and light as their eyes and body moves across and in front of the surface. Working on panel, canvas, and paper, she paints autonomous, color field paintings of dynamic shapes, often with complimentary colors. The color selections are painstakingly selected to induce an after-image, a hallucinatory effect causing the viewer to perceive a temporary glow in their vision.