This selection of paintings and photographs by Lorraine Peltz reflects her long held interest in place, identity, and memory. In each work she reimagines the real into images that coalesce into exuberant fields of color resonating with accumulated meanings and an expanse of visual pleasure. Using imagery culled from both personal history and the contemporary moment Peltz incorporates particular remembered images – often from the domestic arena – with a range of provocative painterly events. Her paintings all share a delight in a painted surface rich with nuanced color that comes together to offer viewers an opportunity to situate themselves within the work, and then beyond it to reflect on ideas of home, celebration, and longing. Peltz’s recent efforts in photography extend that interest to the landscape outside the home, finding places that evoke, through color and image, the sense of pleasure and wonder found within her paintings.
Peltz’s work has been included in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions nationally and abroad including in Chicago, New York, Miami, Boca Raton, Atlanta, Texas, San Francisco, Paris, and Verona, Italy. Her work has been shown in various museums, including the Rockford Art Museum, the Herbert Johnson Museum at Cornell University, the Renaissance Society, Chicago, IL, and the Elmhurst Art Museum. Her work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Ltd, the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun Times, Flavorpill.com, ArtSlant.com, ArtMoco.com, and more. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant and City of Chicago Artist Grant and is included in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Feminist Art Center. An image of her painting Chandelier Gold was featured in Harpers Magazine’s in July 2016. Peltz’s work is included in private and public collections around the country and abroad. Born in Brooklyn, NY, Peltz received her MFA from the University of Chicago and her BFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She lives and works in Chicago where she teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.