Meredith Nemirov

"My walks in the aspen forests of the Rocky Mountains in Southwestern Colorado inspire and inform my work. I make on-site drawings depicting the light and weather, revealing the constantly shifting and changing landscape before me. The abstract work that I do in my studio is always based on what I personally experience in my natural environment. The change of seasons is of particular interest. "

The focus of Meredith Nemirov's work has been trees: primarily the aspen tree, but also the trees of Spain, where she spends part of each year. She considers the tree to be a figure in the landscape, and in her work, she plays with the figure/ground relationship. The more recent abstract pieces are a result of an intensive study involving 180 drawings of the trees, each day, through two seasons.

Nemirov fills sketchbooks with ink drawings, which are then scanned and printed as the basis for works on paper or oil on canvas. She uses patterns and linear elements to fill or "activate" all spaces in the painting. These are based on natural topography and graphic representations used by cartographers in the mapping of the West. Everything is drawn by hand using a steel nib pen with ink or gouache.

Nemirov started drawing the figure at age 14 at The Art Students League of New York, and she continues to this day. Nemirov received a BFA from Parson's School of Design and worked as a freelance illustrator for twelve years. She spent many years as a hand-colorist of antique prints for various print dealers. In 2008, she participated in a residency at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, which pushed her work in a contemporary direction.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Piplantri: An Installation of 111 Drawings of Trees with 111 poems by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, The Daniel Tucker Gallery @ The Ah Haa School for the Arts, Telluride, CO, 2020
Artist in Residence, Cortex Frontal, Arraiolos, Portugal, 2018
Reinventing The Image, Museum of Outdoor Art, Denver, CO, 2016
Women of Influence: Colorado Artists and Curators, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO , 2012
Treelines, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass, CO, 2011
Moore Inspired: Contemporary Responses to Henry Moore, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, CO, 2010
Watercolor Artists of Colorado's Creative Districts, Colorado Mountain College, Glenwood Springs, CO, 2019
Artist in Residence, Cill Rialaig, Ballinskelligs, Co. Kerry, Ireland, 2020