perry obee

  • artist, educator, & collaborative printmaker
  • Lincoln, NE

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"Perry's work is a brilliantly realized comment on the inseparableness of art and life, and the sense of ambiguity makes it all the more effective." - Byron Coleman, Gallery&Studio Magazine, 2009

Working in the mediums of painting, drawing, and printmaking, I make work that addresses a struggle between perception and experience, awkwardness and beauty, approximation and precision; while playing with our abilities to decipher graphic form and space. I am inspired by the liberated use of color and abstract visual language honed by Modern and Post-Modern artists, such as Matisse, Bonnard, and later, Diebenkorn. Additionally, I am influenced by the graphic quality and economic approach to image making found in Japanese and Chinese Landscape Painting.

As a teacher, and collaborative printmaker, I work with students and artists of all levels to develop their creative ideas and produce original works of contemporary art. I have an MFA in painting and am a Tamarind Master Printer (learn more: Tamarind Institute), with expertise in lithography, relief, and intaglio printmaking. I specialize in teaching all forms of the graphic arts including painting, printmaking, drawing, and design, as well as foundation courses and art history seminars. I also collaborate with professional artists to produce original works in printmaking.

Please contact me for more information regarding artwork sales, upcoming exhibitions, or professional printmaking services.


Education

Tamarind Master Printer at Tamarind Institute

2018 – 2020 Albuquerque, NM

Master of Fine Arts in Painting at Western Connecticut State University

2007 – 2009 Danbury, CT

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking at Ohio Wesleyan University

2002 – 2006 Delaware, OH

Magna Cum Laude

Experience

Visiting Lecturer in Printmaking at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

2020 – Present Lincoln, NE

Apprentice Printer at Tamarind Institute

2019 – 2020 Albuquerque, NM

Artist/Collaborative Printmaker at Perry Obee Studios

2016 – 2018 Marshall, NC

Senior Administrative Assistant at Yale University Art Gallery

2012 – 2016 New Haven, CT

Printer at Milestone Graphics

2008 – 2016 Bridgeport, CT

Adjunct Professor at Various Colleges and Universities

2011 – 2018

Introductory Drawing, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC
Printmaking I & II, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC
Drawing I, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC
Introductory Drawing I, Southern Connecticut State University, Hamden, CT
2D Design, Middlesex Community College (MxCC), Meriden, CT
Drawing II, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Painting, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
History of Modern Art, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT
History of Asian Art, Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT

Studio Assistant at Gabor Peterdi Studios

2012 Rowayton, CT

Visual Arts Fellow at Connecticut Office of the Arts

2011 – 2012 Hartford, CT

Program Associate at Center for Contemporary Printmaking

2009 – 2011 Norwalk, CT

Awards

Regional Artist Project Grant, Toe River Arts Council

Connecticut Individual Artist Grant, CT Office of the Arts

Visual Arts Fellow, Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism