Almost abstract yet almost recognizable, B. A. Mintz’s work is a fascinating amalgam of styles. Mintz paints collections of undulating shapes in lush, multicolored acrylic. Her forms are not simple geometric structures but freewheeling and widely variable. They fit together like puzzle pieces, yet they also seem to be growing out of and overlapping one another. The color technique itself is a mix of color-blocking and shading. Mintz applies this method to all kinds of images – landscapes, figure studies, narrative scenes. Though she paints entirely from imagination, the artist has found a way to invoke what she calls “impressionist surrealism” in her dreamy, fluid images. The colors are lively but even, resulting in a flattened canvas and scenery that appears to show a close perspective even when it doesn’t. Textures are stylized to be non-specific, requiring careful observation in order to be understood.
Mintz grew up in southern California and currently divides her time between Florida and New York City. Her work is collected across the country, including in Texas, California, Georgia, Vermont, and Florida.