Sharon Booma

The power of a painting has to come from the inside out, not from outside influences.  It is not just an image; it’s an image with a body and that body has to contain its spirit.  A painting, really, is made by its reason for being there - the weight of the intention.  What’s behind it decides everything.  It’s inner secret cannot be resolved or formalized or passed on as a repeatable process.  It has to be reborn and this is especially true of painting, which depends on extreme human effort and expression.  I try to be an artist who can provoke empathy, one who completes your thought, an artist who makes visual what we feel.  It testifies to the beauty of imperfect human thought and action mixed up with feeling.

Biography

In Sharon Booma’s new works, vibrant fields of color burst across the canvas, supporting an expertly balanced structural harmony. Rich, multiple layers of pigment lend the paintings an immense depth, as if hidden regions lurk behind the surface—an effect heightened by Booma’s masterful control of shadow and light. Sections of steel, seamlessly incorporated into the paintings, add a sense of coolness and weight, helping to ground her more elusive forms.

Booma speaks of her work as being “representative of the effort to find a balance between the tangible materials that surround us and the ungraspable spiritualism that defines us as individually unique people.” It is this concept, perhaps, that causes us to respond to her paintings on such deep and visceral level. While the philosophy behind her work does not announce itself in literal terms, her images nevertheless have an irresistible intrigue, the ability to stir powerful emotions. 

Among Booma’s major influences is Henri Matisse, leader of the French Fauve movement, who believed color communicated meaning and who emphasized the bold use of vivid pigment in his work. For Booma, too, color represents that which is uncontained, full of life and joy. She moderates the emotions of her colors through the use of shape and form, exerting careful control over the ultimate mood of her paintings.

Another of Booma’s inspriations is Abstract Expressionism—particularly the work of Robert Motherwell, who simplified forms to concentrate on bold brush strokes and intense, focused color. Motherwell sought to combine the conscious world in which we live with the realm of the unconscious, linking many of his abstract forms to the conscious world through his titles. Like him, Booma views her abstractions as manifestations of her psyche: Using a language of pure color and exquisite composition, her paintings are like thoughts made visible.

Education

BFA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Continued Pursuit, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2016 A Collection of Impulses, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2013 Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.

           Olson Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA.

           Edwards Trust Lectureship and Show, San Angelo,TX.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.2010 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2009 Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2007 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Olson/Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA.

           Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE.

2006 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Arden Gallery Boston, MA.

2005 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.

           Olson/Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA.

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Selected Artworks

Over the Ridge

Over the Ridge

Oil & Wax on Canvas

42 x 42 x 2 inches

200145

The Past Recedes

The Past Recedes

Oil & Wax on Canvas

42 x 42 x 2 inches

200144

Between Worlds

Between Worlds

Oil & Wax on Canvas

42 x 42 x 2 inches

200141

The Utterance of a Single Sound

The Utterance of a Single Sound

Oil & Wax on Panel

48 x 48 x 2 inches

200139

Literally Whispering

Literally Whispering

Oil & Wax on Panel

48 x 48 x 2 inches

200138

Ain’t Giving Up

Ain’t Giving Up

Oil & Wax on Panel

48 x 48 x 2 inches

200137

It Was All That

It Was All That

Oil & Wax on Canvas

60 x 60 x 2 inches

200135

Exultant

Exultant

Oil on Panel

24 x 108 x 2 inches

200129

Everything Means Something

Everything Means Something

Oil on Panel

72 x 72 inches

190152

Unwitnessed (Diptych)

Unwitnessed (Diptych)

Oil on Panel

72 x 72 inches

190151

Forged

Forged

Oil on Canvas

57 x 93 inches

180545

Form and Disguise

Form and Disguise

Oil on Canvas

40 x 71 inches

180544

Education

BFA, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut


Solo Exhibitions

2019 Continued Pursuit, Caldwell Snyder Gallery

2016 A Collection of Impulses, Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

2014 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2013 Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.

           Olson Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA.

           Edwards Trust Lectureship and Show, San Angelo,TX.

2012 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.2010 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

2009 Etienne Gallery, Oisterwijk, The Netherlands.

2008 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, St. Helena, CA.

2007 Campton Gallery, New York, NY.

           Olson/Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA.

           Anderson O’Brien Fine Art, Omaha, NE.

2006 LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM.

           Caldwell Snyder Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

           Arden Gallery Boston, MA.

2005 Caldwell Snyder Gallery, New York, NY.

           Olson/Larsen Gallery, West Des Moines, IA.

Biography

In Sharon Booma’s new works, vibrant fields of color burst across the canvas, supporting an expertly balanced structural harmony. Rich, multiple layers of pigment lend the paintings an immense depth, as if hidden regions lurk behind the surface—an effect heightened by Booma’s masterful control of shadow and light. Sections of steel, seamlessly incorporated into the paintings, add a sense of coolness and weight, helping to ground her more elusive forms.

Booma speaks of her work as being “representative of the effort to find a balance between the tangible materials that surround us and the ungraspable spiritualism that defines us as individually unique people.” It is this concept, perhaps, that causes us to respond to her paintings on such deep and visceral level. While the philosophy behind her work does not announce itself in literal terms, her images nevertheless have an irresistible intrigue, the ability to stir powerful emotions. 

Among Booma’s major influences is Henri Matisse, leader of the French Fauve movement, who believed color communicated meaning and who emphasized the bold use of vivid pigment in his work. For Booma, too, color represents that which is uncontained, full of life and joy. She moderates the emotions of her colors through the use of shape and form, exerting careful control over the ultimate mood of her paintings.

Another of Booma’s inspriations is Abstract Expressionism—particularly the work of Robert Motherwell, who simplified forms to concentrate on bold brush strokes and intense, focused color. Motherwell sought to combine the conscious world in which we live with the realm of the unconscious, linking many of his abstract forms to the conscious world through his titles. Like him, Booma views her abstractions as manifestations of her psyche: Using a language of pure color and exquisite composition, her paintings are like thoughts made visible.

Press

Sharon Booma

The power of a painting has to come from the inside out, not from outside influences.  It is not just an image; it’s an image with a body and that body has to contain its spirit.  A painting, really, is made by its reason for being there - the weight of the intention.  What’s behind it decides everything.  It’s inner secret cannot be resolved or formalized or passed on as a repeatable process.  It has to be reborn and this is especially true of painting, which depends on extreme human effort and expression.  I try to be an artist who can provoke empathy, one who completes your thought, an artist who makes visual what we feel.  It testifies to the beauty of imperfect human thought and action mixed up with feeling.

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