Dee Shapiro began her career as a pattern painter and was included in the Pattern and Decoration at P.S. 1 in 1977. After exploring the Fibonacci Progression in color on graph paper and experimenting with paintings within a grid, she became interested in the geometric intricacy of architectural designs, which led me to create small horizontal oil paintings of cities and landscapes. (Cribbed from her statement on the BRIC Contemporary Artist Registry website.)
"In my work, I make choices informed by geometry and pattern as well as subconscious associations of place and space. I look for a sensuality that color expresses and geometry contains as well as intricacy and complexity of pattern."
Shapiro's series of architectural paintings are in the William Louis Dreyfus Family Collection, include some of Red Hook created around 2008. Each small painting is short and wide (about 2.5 by 10 inches).
Her work is included in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum; New York University Collection; the New Museum Collection New York; and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse.
More of her work can be seen at http://www.deeshapiro.com/