Celia Reisman paints complex landscapes and dense views of neighborhoods that are both intimate and perplexing. She juxtaposes a quietness with an underlying tension between the architectural structures and natural forms. Using spatial incongruities that mix perspectives and scale, Reisman creates a drama of familiar settings that surprise and question the expectations of what we know. Paying homage to early American modernists who abstracted the landscape, she creates movement with color as it shifts and changes, independent of naturalism, to compose a world of its own idiosyncrasies. Her paintings call attention to the environment we inhabit as she shares her interpreted vision of the details of life surrounding us.
Reisman was raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio with deaf parents and learned to “look” as a way to experience the world. She received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and a MFA degree in Printmaking from Yale University. She is represented by Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, Paul Thiebaud Gallery in San Francisco and Big Town Gallery in Rochester, Vermont. She received a Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Fund Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Invitational Exhibition and had a Fifteen year survey mounted at the Michener Art Museum in 2001. Over her career she has exhibited in galleries and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Her teaching experience includes positions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Swarthmore College, Dartmouth College and other academic institutions. She presently lives in Merion, Pennsylvania.