“My paintings are emotional. They are dimensional spaces that shift and transform. They communicate the contrasts of our human experience visually, viscerally, and psychologically through color, texture, and surface. They reflect presence and absence simultaneously. The paintings emerge from building up the surface with thin stains of paint and sanding in between to preserve the previous layers. This allows for the memory of the painting to be subtly visible, appearing and then dissolving, creating a surface that breathes and remembers.”
Rema Ghuloum is a Los Angeles-based artist. Born in 1978 in California, she received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 and her MFA from California College of the Arts, San Francisco in 2010. Ghuloum was the recipient of the Davyd Whaley Foundation Artist-Teacher Grant in 2020, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2018, the Adolf and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Grant in 2017, the Esalen Pacifica Prize in 2012, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in 2010. Her work has been reviewed in Artforum, Hyperallergic, CARLA, the Los Angeles Times, and Fabrik, among others. She has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues like Five Car Garage, Los Angeles, CA; Edward Cella Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Et al. Gallery, San Francisco, CA; Hawthorn Contemporary, Milwaukee, WI; Cue Art Foundation, New York, NY; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; and Arka Gallery, Vladivostok, Russia. Her work is included in the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts Works on Paper Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco, CA.