Known for her abstract and intricate use of nontraditional materials, Stumpf’s work is pervaded with mythic and historic figures, sacred texts, and alchemy. Steeped with both intensely personal and archetypal associations, her art reveals dichotomous relationships between virility and delicateness, immovability and transformation, past and present, and fundamentally corporeal and spiritual.
Stumpf works intuitively, rarely sketching or planning, and changes materials and media to flood the creative process with new perspectives. Catalysts for these changes constellate with the artist’s ceaseless intrigue for the unknowable, the unseen, the ancient, and the esoteric.
Brenda Stumpf (b. Parma, OH 1972) studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design from 1991 to 1993. Her work has been included twice in both The International Assemblage Artist Exhibition in Berlin, Germany, and The Midyear Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art. Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York Magazine, juried her scuplture in the group exhibition Taboo at Studio Montclair. In 2009 her work was selected for the Colorado Art Open juried by Christoph Heinrich, director of the Denver Art Museum, and Michael Chavez, the former curator of the Foothills Art Center. Stumpf has shown extensively in Denver, including solo exhibitions at Walker Fine Art and Ironton Gallery. Stumpf has been featured in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Scene Magazine, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Free Times, Rocky Mountain News, Westword and the Denver Post. Her work resides in public collections, which include St. Vincent Charity Hospital, Trinity Cathedral, The Ellet Library and Eastern New Mexico University, as well as in over 250 private collections.