Bill Lowe Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Brenda Stumpf. Her elaborate paintings and sculptures evoke personal associations by way of myth and metaphor. This solo exhibition, titled, “Cavomyrt” (derived from “cave of my heart”), consists of fourteen assemblages that function as nostalgic reliquaries to love, innocence and intimacy. Driven by an astute understanding of materiality, through process, Brenda’s work embodies John Betjeman’s description of childhood as an “atmosphere measured out by sounds, smells, and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.”

Composed of antique wallpaper, dresses, objects and toys from the artist’s youth, silk flowers, steeped tea bag paper, piano pieces, hand-carved book covers, old reels and even the receiving blanket she shared with her mother, these compositions possess a haunting beauty. Her use of glass and, more predominantly, an acrylic gel medium amplifies the anointed items; they become crystalline and calcified – like the interiors of caves.

Brenda Stumpf was born in Parma, Ohio in 1972 where she studied sculpture at the Columbus College of Art and Design. Her studio now resides in the sanctuary of a deconsecrated church in Pennsylvania. Brenda Stumpf’s work is included in over 260 private collections throughout the United States and abroad.





“For art to be great it must seem a spontaneous product of nature, born not willed; and for this to happen genius is necessary, an original power freed from the restraint of inherited rules.”
                                                                                                                          (Immanuel Kant)

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It is with this recognition that we have assembled a world-class stable of artists who intuitively have their fingers on the pulse of the Universe. Their expression is not an ironic or satirical look at the human condition. Instead, the gallery’s program presents powerful, content-driven works that utilize technical mastery and a visual eloquence to transform the human heart and soul at intimate levels.

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Bill Lowe Gallery has become an institution in our region. We are widely considered the pre-eminent contemporary art gallery in the Southern United States. Our long presence in Los Angeles has fueled a kinetic dialogue between the East and West coasts. We approach the next decade of our mandate with clarity, commitment and excitement.

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