American b. 1940
Lives and works in Inverness, California
The paintings of Patsy Krebs create an awareness of our perceptions of color, shading, and light. Her subtle, masterful pallets illuminate the closest gradations of light and dark values and their relationship to each other. Two of her central forms are the rectangle and square, both of which echo the shapes of her paintings and float in and out of vision, hovering in a tantalizing zone on the threshold of optical illusion. Even behind the most scientifically grounded optical phenomena and color theory, there lies a core of mystery and mood in these works.
A native of northern California, Patsy Krebs spent her formative years as an artist in New York. She later lived in Los Angeles, where she earned an MFA from Claremont College in 1976 and began an exhibiting career. She has taught extensively at art institutions throughout California, most recently at Dominican University, San Rafael.
In 1996 and 2010, Krebs was awarded a Pollack-Krasner Foundation Artist’s Grant. Her work will be the subject of an upcoming career retrospective at the Bolinas Museum in California, and is featured in the collections of the Norton Museum, West Palm Beach, FL; Denver Art Museum, CO; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, CA; and the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA. She has been featured in publications and newspapers such as Art in America, ART news, the San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times. Patsy Krebs: Painting, a new monographic survey of Krebs’ work, was published in 2017.