Naomie Kremer is a painter, video artist, and stage designer. She has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Her work is in many private and public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Berkeley Art Museum, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the US Embassy, Beijing, China.
Kremer’s imagery, though largely abstract, is based in the real world–incorporating nature, architecture, language, letterforms, and the human figure. Her work draws from a wide range of sources and inspirations, including art history, music, poetry and literature. Her video based set design led her to begin combining painting and video.
“I became intrigued by the surprising perceptual and psychological experience of viewing video and painting simultaneously. I began referring to these as “hybrid paintings” – a melding of painting and video that leaves the viewer uncertain which part is paint and which is projection”.
Her video based set designs include the San Francisco production of Tristan and Isolde, by Richard Wagner; Lucia Berlin Stories, performed in San Francisco and Paris by Word for Word Theater Company; Alcina, by George F Handel, performed in Acre, Israel, by the French Baroque orchestra Les Talens Lyriques; the world premiere production of The Secret Garden co-commissioned by San Francisco Opera and Cal performances; Light Moves, a collaboration with Margaret Jenkins Dance Company; and Bluebeard’s Castle by Béla Bartók, commissioned by the Berkeley Opera. In the Beginning Was Desire, for which she conceived and created the animation, is her first film project.
Kremer has taught Painting and Drawing at California College of the Arts, San Francisco; The San Francisco Art Institute; California State University, Hayward; and the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, Brittany, France. She has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Painting, Oxford University; the Syracuse University Painting Program, Florence, Italy; Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota; and Mills College, Oakland. Kremer is based in California, with studios in Berkeley and Paris.