Debra Drexler

 Debra Drexler

Debra Drexler is an American painter, installation artist, curator and professor. Her work is informed both by participating in the contemporary resurgence of abstraction coming out of New York, and by living in the Post Colonial Pacific since 1992. She has participated in over thirty solo and over 100 group exhibitions in national and international venues including Front Room Gallery, Exit Art, The Drawing Center, White Box-The Annex, Art Finance Partners, Van Der Plas Gallery, Sideshow Gallery, and Denise Bibro Gallery in New York, as well The Honolulu Museum of Art and Maui Arts and Cultural Center.  Debra Drexler is a Professor at the University of Hawaii, where she is Chair of the Drawing and Painting Area. She maintains studios in Brooklyn, NY and on the island of Oahu in Hawai’i.  Debra Drexler's most recent work is highly experimental large-scale abstract painting. In a recent review of a two-person exhibition (Whitehot Magazine,2017) Drexler's work as clearly referencing the long tradition of American abstraction and the established legacy of the New York School. The reviewer, Jonathan Goodman, described the work as a “new non-objectivity” that comes out of the current moment. He states that Drexler's painting “quite accurately describes the spirit of abstract art today, in which painting is struggling to break free of the constraints of time."

 Debra Drexler frequently uses hot pink, a color with heavily gendered associations. Her hot pink brushstrokes reference the “heroic” marks associated with action painting, and feminize them. The luminosity and high key saturation in Drexler's work are created through multiple layers of glazing of pigment mixed with polymer and alkyd media. Some of her color choices reference the post-digital experience with its highly saturated synthetic color. The luminosity and saturation also mirror the unique quality of light and the over-the-top, tropical color interactions in Hawai’i.

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Debra Drexler

“Azure Fade” 72”x48”

acrylic and oil on canvas (2019)

A contemporary abstract painting by the New York/ Hawaiian artist, Debra Drexler. Blue veils of color are confronted with nearly neon orange, tangerine and raspberry pink fields. A deep violet organic, round form draws a point of focus in this painting that has a tropical feel.

As a colorist, Debra Drexler provokes unexpected color relationships and creates spatial contradictions that come from those interactions. Some of her color choices reference the post digital experience with its highly saturated synthetic color. The luminosity and saturation also mirror the unique quality of light and tropical color interactions in Hawai’i, where Drexler also lives.

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Debra Drexler,

“Cool Glide” 48”x72”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

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Dera Drexler,

“Orange Wiggle” 72”x48”

acrylic and oil on canvas (2018)

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Debra Drexler

“Orange Meander” 84”x60”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

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Debra Drexler

“Violet Eclipse” 60”x84”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

Debra Drexler

“Sapphire Bridge” 48”x72”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

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Debra Drexler

“Pink Orange Summit” 72”x48”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

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Debra Drexler

“Solar Blue” 48”x72”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

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Debra Drexler

“Violet portal” 72”x48”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2018)

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Debra Drexler

“Violet Splotch” 48”x36”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2017)

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Debra Drexler

“Interlude for Blue” 72”x60”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2016)

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Debra Drexler

“Simmering Shoal” 84”x60”

oil and acrylic on canvas (2016)