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At their core, Pamela Staker’s paintings and works on paper are about a search for beauty and joy in process. They are a performance of sorts – spontaneously choreographed – playful and sensitive – free-flowing within the bounds of carefully constructed compositions. Using landscape, nature and architecture to underpin her imagery, Staker advances the work by allowing herself a great deal of freedom in her paint handling - applying her marks quickly and with a confidence that is intuitive and decidedly unfussy.
Pamela Staker is a Chicago-based abstract painter with a concentration in large-scale paintings, mixed media works on paper, and commissioned artworks. Her work/live space is in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and she shares the studio with her Black Lab, German Shepherd Dog and 2 cats - all rescue animals. Staker received her BFA in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and has received several grants and awards including an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a CAAP Individual Artist Grant from the City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs. She was recently featured in a Chicago Tribune article from July 27, 2014 by Rick Kogan “Painting put artist’s life back on track” and in an artist interview with Saatchi Online. Pamela is represented by Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa and has works in numerous private and corporate collections.