Rhia Hurt is a fine artist currently based in New York City. She received her MFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009 and has since shown her artwork in California, New York, Berlin, and Toronto. Her work is in private collections throughout the United States. In addition to her studio art practice, Hurt is also the Executive Director of Brooklyn Art Space & Trestle Gallery, an arts organization in Brooklyn, NY.
Hurt's paintings combine the tradition of color-field painting with invented shapes and an unorthodox approach to materials. She makes stretched canvases formed over wire that are hand-sewn, and then brushed, poured on, and submerged in pools of mixed paint. This innovative approach results in surprising visceral forms and chromatic shifts evoking imagery from unconscious territories. The non-traditional and anti-easel process defy concepts of control, conventions, and expectation in painting. Bathing her paintings in a kiddie pool can be seen as a symbolic and Feminist middle finger to the latent, patriarchal narratives of contemporary art.