Reese Inman was born in Maine and lives in Boston, MA. A graduate of Harvard University and recipient of the David McCord arts award, Reese has studied painting, film, design and classical piano. Prior to concentrating her full energies on painting, she spent a decade working as a multimedia designer/programmer, creating educational media for technology, biotech and pharmaceutical companies. Reese is a 2004 graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Diploma program and 2005 graduate of the same institution’s Fifth Year Certificate program, a two-time recipient of the Dana Pond Award in Painting (2004 & 2005), a 2005 recipient of the St. Botolph Club’s Grant-in-Aid Award. Reese is represented in New England by Gallery NAGA, Boston; in New Jersey by Simon Gallery, Morristown; and in Provincetown, MA by Kobalt Gallery. Her paintings are in the collections of institutions including Fidelity Investments, Simmons College, McKee Nelson and Price Waterhouse Coopers as well as many private collections.
Each painting begins inside the computer using a custom program Inman designed and authored. First, a computer algorithm creates data within a flexible ruleset that leaves many decisions up to the computer. Next, the program translates the data as colored dots within a grid, literally mapping the path and decisions of the algorithm to generate a computer image that is then printed to serve as the cartoon for the painting. After adhering the cartoon to a panel, she renders each colored dot as a paint droplet, strictly following the computer output while deliberately leaving the occasional error, as when two adjacent droplets merge together, as an acknowledgement of imperfection and humanity. Then, layers of paint are repeatedly built up and removed, using hand processes of painting and sanding which bring the artist’s touch and intuitive judgment into the process, such that the droplets become raised dots, surrounded by tiny rings of color. The most recent work explores successive filtering and rearranging of the same data set through several paintings.
Solo and Two Person Exhibitions