Tracy Cirves

Tracy Cirves earned an MFA from Yale University in 2010 and her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. Her work explores the relationships and fiction of femininity, expressionism, artifice and authenticity. She lives in Mazomanie, WI.

These paintings are equally planned and improvised. The female gaze is an important aspect of the work within a framework of the artist's female gaze as painter, subject and muse. Referencing historical influences of male modern painters, Cirves looks outward and  inward to come to  terms with images and cliches of femininity and how her identity has been shaped by these. These paintings result from observations and reflections to create real and made up narratives. Heartbreaks, romance of woman in isolation, girls with their pets, trends of green smoothies, stories that have moved her, trends on social media, events in the artist's own life and upbringing, or things that she choose to possibly make up about herself become subjects. The paintings are subtle and introverted.  The paint invites the viewer into something personal yet simultaneously acts as a filter. 

INVITATIONAL AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2011  Solo Show, Lavender Longings, July 15 – September 10, Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI

2010  MFA Thesis Exhibition, Yale School of Art, New Haven CT
2009  Second Year Summer Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven CT
2008  First Year Show, Yale School of Art, New Haven CT 

2006  First Annual Art Student Invitational, State Street Gallery, Madison, WI 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2018  Homely, Portrait Society Gallery, Milwaukee, WI
2018  Circular, Bg Gallery Project Space, Santa Monica CA
2017  Conception Art Show, Chicago IL
2017  Great Expectations, Steenbock Gallery, Madison WI
2017   Now Figuration, Portrait Society, Milwaukee, WI
2007  7131, The Seventh Floor Gallery, Madison, WI
2007  Introducing Tracy Cirves, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI 2006 Paintings From the Future, The Seventh Floor Gallery, Madison WI

2006  Color Matters, The Seventh Floor Gallery, Madison, WI