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Christmas Letter from Home
by The Beakers, feat. Francesca Sundsten, bass
Francesca Sundsten (1960 to 2019) was an American artist, tutor, and bassist with 'The Beakers'. Francesca Sundsten was born in Hemet, California, USA, in 1960, though her family moved to the Seattle area when she was just three. She began painting seriously in her early twenties, and enrolled at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1984. Her interest was in representational painting, a style which was discouraged in her undergraduate programme and, after seeing an Odd Nedrum exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, she travelled to Oslo in Norway to study with him. She returned to the Art Institute following that informal internship, and spent the following two years defending her unpopular artistic direction. She was nevertheless awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987, and in 1990 received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Stanford University. As an artist, she was notable for applying traditional techniques while exploring elements of composition, palette and minor abstractions of space and paint to create works which were once described as "calling to mind the Old Masters" with a "distinctly surrealist sensibility". She had solo exhibitions at many notable galleries, and her work occupies permanent collections at three institutions - the Tacoma Art Museum, Microsoft and the University of Washington Medical Center. She also taught art at Stanford University, the Pratt Institute and Cornish College of the Arts. Musically, she played bass guitar for the Seattle 'art-punk' band 'The Beakers' (featured here), and was married to the 'King Crimson' drummer Bill Rieflin. Francesca Sundsten died from complications of lymphoma in Seattle on August 7th 2019, aged 59. http://www.dgmlive.com/news/Francesca%20Sundsten%20RIP
Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francesca_Sundsten
Posted: 7th September 2019
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