Claudine Bing, Cosmic History, 30 x 40 in., acrylic
Written by Barbara Lindstrom
Bing’s studio feels like a small tree house perched on top her 1850’s home in Brookline, MA. A narrow, winding staircase leads up to the third floor and from a small side window you can see the large branches that spread over her backyard. It’s hard to remember that the urban Brookline scene is just a few blocks away.
On this visit, the sky was cloudless and the white walls in the studio reflected the light back on Claudine’s work as she readied for her Galatea show. The accoutrements of an artist at her work were easily seen. There was an abundance of paint tubes topping several tables, a small basin and a wooden desk tucked away under an eave. A press standing at the ready. A large, elegant easel, that was an early gift from Bing’s father, takes the place of pride in the studio.
Pieces for the Galatea show line the walls. The colors are bold and a sense of infinite detail makes it hard to look away. One wants to discover the artist’s intention that led to this work.
Claudine Bing’s Brookline studio
A formative experience inspired Claudine. Bing taught drawing, painting and art history to college students during the program Semester at Sea. It was a year-long sea voyage around the world, and she spent many nights sitting under the stars. “A trip of a lifetime,” Bing says. That expansive vision finds its way to her canvases full of a global, maybe even spiritual reach. Bing is exploring the physical world and the experience of consciousness that goes along with it.
In previous years, Bing’s paintings focused their attention on the geological formations of terra firma. Her recent work looks up at the sky’s show of galaxies that surround us. Extraordinary and specific detail and texture in this impressionist work manages to easily co-exist with the sense of boundless horizons.
Unusual Signals, 12 x 24 in., acrylic
The journey that started with a year’s long sea voyage decades ago seems to be still underway. A chance to discover and share Claudine’s worldview is now at Galatea Fine Art.
Claudine Bing, Cosmic History runs until December 1, 2019. Visit Galatea Fine Art at 460B Harrison Ave., #B-6, Boston, MA 02118 617-542-1500. Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm and by appointment.