Oona Ratcliffe

b. 1975 , Bolinas , CA

Ratcliffe’s paintings, seductive frenzies of color and neon line, are constructed in a framework of loose sensuality. Tending towards the acidic and artificial, saturated color is offset by impenetrable flatness, lyrical line deceived by careful manipulation, intricate image belied by an absence of modeling or brush- stroke. Ratcliffe’s work is a play of opposites—an endless search for frozen stillness in a world of constant movement and an inherent tension between outside and inside, transparency and opacity, nature and urbanism.


Oona Ratcliffe, "Lausanne," acrylic on canvas


Oona Ratcliffe, "Preheat," acrylic on canvas


Oona Ratcliffe, "Gouache G," gouache on paper

Gouache G

Oona Ratcliffe, "Gouache D," gouache on paper

Gouache D

Waiting the Wondering the Wonder