Alyce Gottesman is an abstract painter who lives in Montclair, New Jersey and Inverness, California. She earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from School of Visual Arts.
Nature is one of Gottesman’s primary inspirations. Growing up beside a lake in rural New Jersey, she spent as much time as she could outdoors. Soon, she “became attuned to the rhythms of the seasons and the energy of nature.” Later, when Gottesman lived in California as a young adult, she discovered the state’s “special light.” She now spends months there each year in order to experience this light as well as the “the beauty and the inspiration of the place.” Gottesman has a lifelong appreciation for music, which also inspires her. “The natural environment where I live permeates my paintings,” she says, “and rhythms appear as drips and brushstrokes; colors and patterns are quiet, loud, energized and erratic. When painting, Gottesman always ventures into “unknown territory.” She works on multiple paintings at once, “improvising with drawing, ripping, and brushing paint” until reaches a place where each piece reflects “a moment in time, the unexpected, as if captured in action.” She feels that her approach to painting is “both experiential and experimental,” and she aims to express beauty and energy in her work.
Gottesman’s paintings have been exhibited at numerous group and solo shows throughout the Northeast, including The Painting Center and Cheryl Hazan Gallery in New York City, Drawing Rooms, Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, and Domo Gallery in New Jersey. She has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship, the National Drawing Purchase Award, and a site specific installation at Johnson & Johnson. Her work is displayed at many private and public collections including the Brooklyn Art Library, SAP of America, The College of NJ, and William Paterson University.