Irene Rice Pereira was an abstract artist whose work reflected an interest in light, space and mysticism. She began her studies at the Art Students League from 1927-30 and then traveled to Acadamie Moderne, Paris for her last year of schooling. Becoming bored with the tradition academicism at the Acadamie, Pereira left for the Sahara Desert. There she encountered her first vision of eternity, which she attempted to incorporate throughout her artistic career. Pereira moved back to NYC in 1932 and painted canvases based on the relationship between man and machine. Her fist show was the following year at the ACA Gallery.
Pereira experimented with nontraditional materials frequently and by the late ‘30d she was painting on plastics and glass, adding marble dust to her pigments. In the latter part of her career Pereira created multimedia paintings, superimposing layers of glass to explore the effects of resonating light. Her best known piece in this style is “Transversion” of 1946. Pereira also taught at the WPA’s Design library from 1935-39, bestowing many students with the influence of the Bauhaus School. Her work was always concerned with expressing infinity in the context of an increasingly dynamic scientific society.
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