Lea Feinstein’s paintings are meditations in color. Her works feature spontaneous gestures with careful attention to brush size and image proportions, on raw synthetic tyvek pinned to the wall or mounted on panels. Repeated washes of pigment establish overlapping transparent screens that produce the illusion of spatial depth. Against this background, the unpredictable play of drip and flow creates luminous color patterns with musical and emotional overtones.
Lea Feinstein attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, holds a BA in art history from Wellesley College, and an MFA from George Washington University. She encountered John Cage’s theory of chance operations while dancing at Merce Cunningham’s New York studio in the 60s. Her approach to color was shaped by Color Field painters--Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam and Gene Davis-- at the Corcoran School of Art. She has taught studio art at Rhode Island School of Design, Maryland Institute College of Art, Roger William College, George Washington University, Georgetown University, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She is the author of numerous articles and catalog essays for Artpractical.com, Artltd Magazine, and ArtNews Magazine. She has exhibited widely in the US, and in Japan and Russia. Her work is in many private collections, the Newport Museum of Art, and the RISD Museum. She recently completed an artist’s residency in Paducah, Kentucky.