Audrey Tulimiero Welch, MFA

Audrey Tulimiero Welch is an internationally exhibited painter who grew up in Livingston, New Jersey and currently resides in Tacoma, Washington. She earned her BFA in 1980 from the University of Delaware and her MFA (Scholarship Award) in 2010 from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. For the past fifteen years Welch has lived and work in Indonesia, Thailand, and Australia which led the artist to focus on the subjects of line, mapping and place. Welch’s abstract acrylic paintings can be read as metamorphic ‘maps’ that contain in their vibrant layers embedded stories and the lived relationships of daily life.

Welch’s paintings are included in numerous public and private collections around the globe, including GOOGLE, Ronald McDonald House, Perth, Western Australia, Hyatt Regency, Oman, Four Seasons Hotel, MGM, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Bangkok, Indonesia, Germany, Singapore and Australia. Museum exhibitions include Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany; Bade Museum, Berkeley, California; Coos Bay Art Museum, Oregon; and Museo Italo Americano, San Francisco. She was awarded a 2011 artist residency in Western Australia, and nominated for the 2010 Daedalus Foundation Fellowship in painting. Publications include Fine Art Magazine, Thailand Art and Design Guide, Architectural Digest, New American Paintings and the San Francisco Chronicle.

But while [Welch’s] paintings refer to much – from aerial views to graffito – they defy the strictly referential. As ‘maps’ they do not provide information but instead function as painterly equivalents that suggest the movement through and memory of spaces; Welch conflates the spaces of her references with the space of the painted surface and the works emerge as both cerebral and physical
— –Brian Curtin, Art Writer, Exhibition Catalogue, Audrey Tulimiero Welch: South is at the Top
Welch’s abstract language combines expressive and calligraphic strokes with sharp linear structures, both embedded in and overlaying painterly grounds.
— Brian Curtin, Art Writer
The paintings of American-born Audrey Welch, who has lived on the far side of the Pacific for many years, exemplify a kind of contemporary international-style abstraction . . .The sophistication of Welch’s work appears to derive equally from studio practice, life experience and observation of other contemporaries’ works.
— Kenneth Baker, Art Critic, San Francisco Chronicle