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CLAIRE CHENE
September 9 October 10, 2015


Continuum

Every two years I have exhibited an entirely new series of work, usually related, although sometimes loosely, by subject matter. This year I have chosen to exhibit some works that I have not seen myself for a number of years. I want to see the paintings together on the gallery walls. I will include a few of my newest paintings.

As I looked at the paintings to choose for this exhibition I was surprised by the continuity of images and color and brushstroke. Some symbols reoccur, do they always mean the same thing?

They move between abstraction and representation. Some paintings are steeped in the natural world, others are narrative, some lyrical or symbolist. All are expressive. This observation inspired me to call my exhibition "Continuum".

This small exhibition is a chance for me to look at the evolution of my work. It isn't often possible to show in public what usually takes place privately in the studio, a leisurely reassessment of work.

This collection of paintings represents a relatively short time period in my artistic life. It will be like a gathering of friends, some new and some old. Each painting has a history of conception, execution and exhibition. Some paintings are travelers, others stay at home.

A Family Portrait, 1995, acrylic on wood, 48 x 104"
A Family Portrait, 1995, acrylic on wood, 48 x 104"

 

 

 

Ocean, 1995, oil on wood & canvas, 48 x 88" Ocean, 1995, oil on wood & canvas, 48 x 88"

 

 

Return to the Garden, 1990-3, acrylic on wood, 48 x 108"
Return to the Garden, 1990-3, acrylic on wood, 48 x 108"
 


FreeScape, 2015, acrylic on wood, 51 x 48"

 

 

Revolution, 2012, acrylic on wood, 38 x 48"
Revolution
, 2012, acrylic on wood, 38 x 48"

 

 

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