Pamela Asai's mesmerizing abstracts invite the viewer to experience the rush of making a mark. Asai's work, though done in oil paint, recalls the hand-drawn scribbles of Cy Twombly, who Asai counts among her influences, alongside Frank Auerbach and Jackson Pollock. Veering on her own path from these influences, Asai's work is noticeably more polished and graphically focused.
Asai builds large, forceful shapes out of energetic brushstrokes and trims her palette down to a few complimentary colors. Directions and currents of movement emerge from her lines as the composition progresses. Patterns are revealed and even become the focal point of some works. Asai explores the minimalist ideas of repetition and creation of texture through pattern, but she often lets her probing take her into a space of three-dimensionality. Not only do her pieces often end up establishing real textures, but they speak to the action of painting itself.
Asai was born in Brisbane, Australia, where she lives still today. She has participated in both group and solo shows and is also an EFL teacher at the University of Queensland.