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Pamela Staker is a Chicago-based contemporary artist. Staker was born in 1967 in Peoria, Illinois. She started out as a Math Major at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign and after 1 ½ years migrated to the Art Department where she graduated with a BFA in Painting. Staker 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. Her work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections including The Sophy Hyde Park, Chicago, IL, The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, and Cascade Hills Country Club, Grand Rapids, MI. She recently relocated her studio to The Bridgeport Art Center (BAC) in Chicago and is available by appointment or once a month at the BAC Third Friday Open Studio Events.
Staker examines abstraction in her work through a compiled visual language of urban elements, geometric shapes, unusual color combinations, and pops of nature. She often employs the figure as a structural means when building a composition to introduce line, discover shape, and contain color. These paintings are animated fragments of modern life intertwined with vivid memories of the artist's past usually struck by her color choices and the influences of nature. Transplanting to Chicago from a small town many years ago was exhilarating and overwhelming with the artist finding it easy to go out of balance. She sought help and recovery. Her work is now largely a translation of her contemplative interior with all its struggles and goodness, into an expression on canvas that is full of life and emotion sometimes messy and mostly beautiful.