Echo Eggebrecht (b. 1977, Bangor, ME) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received a MFA from Hunter College, a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME. Residencies include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE and The Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. The artist is represented by Horton Gallery, where she has been featured in two solo shows, a group show, and an art fair. Her work will be featured in the gallery's booth at Art Rotterdam in February 2014.

Echo Eggebrecht's oil-on-panel works delightfully juxtapose folky charm, exquisite decorative detail, and lush patterns with broad swaths of flat color. The work is simultaneously solemn and exuberant, a quality that aligns these paintings with those of Matisse, namely his early pictures of interiors, which display a similar fascination for pattern and detail. Eggebrecht’s painstaking technique recalls Dutch genre painting and traditional still-life models in its serious precision, but it is her affinity for materials, surface quality and a love of objects – they are her main subject – that comprise the unique character of her work. The artist explains the relationship between public and private in her paintings: “Abandoned houses, rooms full of animals and girls in lingerie, hospital rooms and childhood bedrooms – the work is expansive in scope, but localized in moments of experience.”

Notable Exhibitions

Next Wave Art 2009, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Brooklyn, NY
Poets on Painters, Ulrich Museum, Wichita, KS and The Queens Library Gallery, New York, NY
The Golden Record, Lincoln Museum, Edinburgh, UK

Press Mentions

"Viewing the works here is like stepping into a theatrical experiment at its midpoint, or being dropped into someone else’s inevitably complex dream. If that sounds unpleasant, Eggebrecht might change your mind. Intensely personal and still somehow inviting, the paintings are among the boldest works currently on display in New York." - Doug McClemont, "Doug McClemont’s Top 10 Shows In New York: October 2010", Saatchi Online Magazine, September 28, 2010.

"Throughout the seven oil paintings in her recent show, “Spells, Spoils & Lucky Charms,” the young New York painter Echo Eggebrecht (b. 1977) sustained an alluring sense of mystery along with mesmerizingly varied paint applications." - Brian Boucher, "Echo Eggebrecht", Art in America, December 1, 2010.

“Aesthetically, she remains committed to the tradition of still life, at the very crossroads
between modernist experimentation and traditional landscape painting. They are sites
of human activity without the humans—instead just the remains of their rituals, their
signifiers, their portents. Like Phillip Guston’s ghostly still-lives, the macabre emptiness
of her paintings is the logical outcome of the objects’ supreme relational importance.”
– Reva Blau, “The Still Life of Human Experience: Eggebrecht Explores Love, Loss &
Time Through Objects’ Spatial Relationships”, Provincetown Banner, March 29,
2007.

“Eggebrecht’s narrative tone is also oblique and obscure, but not without exigency.
These vacant landscapes exude a strange, nostalgic yearning.” – Greg Lindquist, “Echo
Eggebrecht: Come Hell or High Water", ArtCritical, December 1, 2006.

"…The young painter Echo Eggebrecht distinguishes herself among the growing ranks of artists working in the category of quasi-folk, semi-abstract representational painting, tiny-brush division…Ms. Eggebrecht favors empty landscapes, whose roiled grass is meticulously rendered and dotted with wry contradictions and bits of Americana. - Roberta Smith, "Echo Eggebrecht", The New York Times, November 12, 2004.

Notable Collections:

The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS

Photo: Courtesy of the artist


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