"Oriental Collage (Diptych)"
mixed media on paper
H:16 x W:25
For more than 6 decades, Gladys Goldstein has pioneered and created a comprehensive body of work inspired by nature, the complexity of light and color, and the unlimited boundaries of geometric forms.
Born Gladys V. Hack in 1918, Goldstein moved with her family to Baltimore before she was age two, was educated in art from the age of nine through high school at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and had her first art exhibition at age 12. After her marriage to Edward H. Goldstein, the couple built a home and studio in the early 1940's in Baltimore, MD in the Mount Washington area where the artist lives and works today. Their son, William N. Goldstein, was born in 1943.
Her art studio on the top floor of her home, captures perfect natural light through its slanted skylight windows. The diffused light breathes life into the paint-splattered floor below. Tins of well-used brushes, tubes of paint, and boxes and bits of exotic papers and fabrics circle the studio. Housed here today are thousands of works that constitute the Gladys Goldstein Collections. Today, the artist continues to work in her studio continuing to follow her masterful muse.
Although her work is abstract, Goldstein's primary source of inspiration is nature. She creates the impression of light emanating from within her paintings and captures the essence, rather than the appearance, of the natural world. The subject matter and themes she depicts or that inspire her compositions range from cityscapes, landscapes, rivers, the western plains, dancing, storms, the sea, plants and the seasons. In an artistic career spanning over six decades, Goldstein has worked with oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, collage, mixed media, cast/handmade paper and candy wrappers. She frequently works the paints over the canvas with a palette knife. Goldstein was also the first American artist to use the Mexican printmaking technique called mixographia to create and reproduce textured prints. She also developed a unique process for creating miniature collages from the foil of candy wrappers, wrapping papers and other miscellaneous metallic threads and materials. This has resulted in her highly original trademarked technique as seen in her CandyWrapper Collections.
Goldstein's manner of painting has been described as being, "like looking through layers of filmy colored veils with one color moving into the next." (Robert G. Breen "Perspective in Space," Baltimore Sun) The artist speaks about the "horizontal perspective" she achieves using layers, spatial relationships and light effects in her work.
Goldstein was an art instructor at the Forest Park Evening Center in Baltimore, Maryland (1955-1960), at the Metropolitan School of Art in the late 1950s, at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1960-1964), the Jewish Community Center and the College of Notre Dame of Maryland (1964-1975). She was an active member of Artists' Equity, the Painters' Seminar and the art group of the National League of American Penwomen, who awarded Goldstein "Best in Show" in a biennial exhibition held at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.