Beverly Pepper, Knowledge Attained, The Odyssey Series, 1989, oil on canvas, 81 1/2 x 81 3/4 inches.
Born in New York City in 1924.
Beverly Pepper began as a commercial art director in New York City but soon left for Paris to study painting. After years of painting, Pepper shifted her focus to creating monumental outdoor sculpture. Many of her pieces can be seen in public spaces throughout Europe and the US. While continuing to show large, abstract pieces, Pepper returned to the canvas in 1987. Knowledge Attained, The Odyssey Series reflects Beverly Pepper's gestural, expansive, colorful elements drawn from the power of nature. Her work --whether painted or sculpted-- reveals a sense of tenacity fueled by the earth's raw energy.
Beverly Pepper has been included in major shows and group projects where she was the sole woman. In a 1975 interview, Pepper comments, "The female artist inevitably finds she must fight harder than most males to gain an equivalent position."