Trudy Benson x Maria Brito
“Feminine Irreverence” was created by Maria in collaboration with three New York-based women artists who work with vibrant colors and whose themes and explorations range from pop culture to daily life to theatrical narratives: Katherine Bernhardt, Natalie Frank and Trudy Benson. These women have many things in common: their passion for color and for painting as a preferred medium, the shared city that they call home and the uncontrollable need to express themselves through art. Maria has known these women personally and professionally for many years and has closely examined their archives and current shows looking for the perfect pieces for this collection. She is always striving for a reproduction that is authentic to the artists’ works while selecting every detail, designing repeats and patterns, and finding special hues and pigments – ultimately creating accessories that are unique and special, that can be worn up or down, and are true pieces of art.
About Trudy Benson
Trudy Benson is a Brooklyn artist known for her large-scale abstract paintings that were initially inspired by early digital imaging programs like MacPaint and Windows Paint. Incorporating graphic layering paint applications—airbrush, enamel, extruded oil paint—she makes work that references our recent digital past while remaining anchored in the painterly tradition. She received an MFA from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Trudy’s paintings have been featured in exhibitions at The Saatchi Gallery in London, UK, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, CT, The Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ; Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, MI and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York. Trudy and her work have been covered in numerous publications including The New York Times, Artforum, I-D Magazine, Modern Painters, Village Voice, ARTNews, Time Out London and Huffington Post, among others. The artist has had three solo shows in New York City galleries and her fourth solo exhibition will open in April 2015, at Lisa Cooley in New York.