Nicole Phungrasamee Fein: Layers


In her first solo show at Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco-based Nicole Phungrasamee Fein shows exquisite watercolor paintings on paper. Beginning with only 4 pencil points that mark a square, and without the aid of a straight edge, Fein lays down strokes of color in precisely-timed applications. Multiple layers result in paintings of complex, luminous color in a process more akin to weaving than traditional watercolor painting. Each work requires total concentration and must be completed in a single sitting. Such an intense and painstaking process produces work of astonishing tranquility.