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Beverly Acha

Beverly Acha is a visual artist who makes paintings, prints, and drawings. Her work has been exhibited at DC Moore Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, and Smack Mellon, among others. She has participated in residencies including Skowhegan, MacDowell Colony, and Lighthouse Works. She holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Yale’s School of Art and is currently an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

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<i>hacia un lado</i>, 2019. Oil on canvas, 52” x 56”.

Color Invocations [private]

Spring 2020 | Photography

Beverly Acha often starts with color—a general sense of palette—and her process is an intuitive one: “The fact that I don’t know where I’ll end up is both terrifying and also the reason why I do it.” She tells me this in her East Austin studio as she shows me her painting Find Me Out, a 72 x 56 in. oil on canvas. The sharp lines and bright colors snag the eye, but the longer I stay in front of it, the more the darker blues in the background—that immense and absorbing richness—seem to creep forward. The effect is akin to standing on the edge of a swimming pool and peering into the water, only to realize there is no bottom.