Sally Kauffman

Sally Kauffman
Chill Out: The Paintings of Sally Kauffman
Forum Gallery
October 12, 2019 – December 23rd, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday October 19th, 2019 2-4PM

“My paintings exist in the space between abstraction and figuration where amorphous shapes and fluid color reflect my instinctive response to the world around me.”


Kauffman is best known for her abstract yet allusory large-scale paintings that celebrate and exude pleasure. Her gestural brushwork and sensual application of paint reference the figure.

Friday Jazz in the Garden concerts at the NGA and recent strolls through Porto provide the setting for the series “Chill Out”.  She captures moments in snapshots and digitally manipulates the composition and intensity of color.

These dense, saturated images become the source for the paintings. Almost human scale figures painted in saturated, flowing oil color on large format canvas entice the viewer to engage in their own narrative.


Sally Kauffman

Based in Washington, DC,  Kauffman exhibits locally in solo and group shows at the Studio Gallery, McLean Project for the Arts, Schlesinger Forum Gallery, Touchstone, Hillyer Art Space, Zenith, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Center, DCAC, Studio 1469 and Target Gallery and her paintings are included in the DCCAH Art Bank and Schar Inova Cancer Institute Arts & Healing Program.


She is the recipient of an Arts & Humanities Fellowship from DCCAH, juror’s awards from Anne Reeve of Glenstone and Marybeth Kelley of the Hirshorn, the Linda and Douglas Scholarship from the Corcoran College of Art + Design and a merit-based artist grant from the Vermont Studio Center Artist Residency program.

To learn more about Sally Kauffman, visit her website at and follow her on Instagram at @sally.kauffman