This 1962 watercolor on paper abstract is by New York painter and printmaker Kathryn (Kay) Metz (1932-2018). Metz came of age as a painter in New York City in the 1960s studying abstract expressionism, which subsequently informed all her work - from her intimate plein air paintings, to her vivid watercolors and arresting woodcuts and etchings. She received her BFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her MFA from UCLA. Her teaching experience began in 1964 at Phoenix College in Arizona. She left there in 1966 to go to Paris and study at Atelier 17, the celebrated print studio established by Stanley William Hayter. She continued her studies in New York City, including independent studies with Philip Guston and Robert Blackburn. Soon she was asked to establish the printmaking department at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1971, and remained there until her retirement in 1992. In 2019 she was posthumously recognized with a solo exhibition at the Triton Museum of Art. Her works are held in numerous major collections, including: the New York Public Library, the Library of Congress, The Phoenix Art Museum, the Fresno Art Museum, and the Monterey Museum of Art, among others. Her work is often summarized as the study of light in a landscape.
1962 Watercolor on Paper 15"x9.5" unframed
Initialed and dated lower right. Excellent vintage condition.
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