Artists in Near To You

Artists in Near To You
The exhibition will be on view January 19 – March 24, 2018 with an opening reception on Friday January 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm.
Image courtesy of Jenny Dubnau; Self-Portrait with Armpits

TIM DOUD'S "Blue" is comprised of thirty 30 by 22 inch self-portraits painted over a four-year period and hung in a grid. The artist strikes a similar pose and wears a series of blue shirts and eyewear acquired for the sole purpose of being painted. "The serial portrait interests me because time and other factors make each portrait different. Each of these portraits represents - and misrepresents - at the same time," says the artist.

JENNY DUBNAU paints realistic portraits using photographs as references - and in doing so, explores the relationship between photography and the realist tradition in portraiture. Her portraits and self-portraits capture the kind of enigmatic facial expressions particular to photography that may or may not belie the subject's real feelings or actual circumstances.

DONNA FESTA makes tiny, remarkable oil paintings and sculptures of old people. "These are narratives," the artist says. "Each painting is a story, an encounter, a race against time." No specifics are needed, because the human condition is the story of everyone. The paintings are as much about capturing the nature of the subjects, as they are about showing the expressive nature of paint.

JOHN MITCHELL'S self portrait, the artist's single work in the show, declares a strong sense of the physical presence of the artist. Infused with his commanding knowledge of the history of art and art making through the ages, the self-portrait embodies the influence of the masters.

HEATHER MORGAN'S restless brushwork underscores a raw, live-wire intensity in her cinematically - styled portraits and self-portraits. "Beauty quivers with pain and flaw," says the artist.

JULIA SCHWARTZ is a self-taught artist comfortable with the doubt and uncertainty of working without a formal technique. Colorful, abstract figures "slip in and out" of her paintings, hinting at surrealist practices and darker psychological states.

The Heroine’s Journey of Alexandra Rutsch Brock

The Heroine’s Journey of Alexandra Rutsch Brock
Happy to be included in The Heroine's Journey