Nicole Mauser’s paintings demonstrate a version of neo-Abstract Expressionism, with bold swaths of color, intuitively controlled gestures, and layered markings. She has a keen instinct for color theory and allows her paintings to play in the spaces between control and abandon, real space and constructed depth. She states, “I am drawn to abstraction because of its ability to easily slip into surrounding territories of figuration and spatial illusion. In these painting modalities I seek to create a tension between the materiality of the painting and the image” (2014). Mauser received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Chicago (2006, 2010). She received a teaching fellowship at The University of Chicago, was invited to lecture at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO. She has exhibited at Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL; Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, MO and others. Her work is in public and private collections including The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS and The Alexander Hotel, Indianapolis, IN. Mauser currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.