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still life and portraiture in the realist tradition

August 4-30, 2015
Opening: Friday August 7, 7-9pm

General Fine Craft, Art & Design
63 Mill Street – Almonte, Ontario

General Fine Craft is delighted to be presenting the work of Almonte’s Katherine McNenly in our features gallery during the month of August.

The exhibit’s title Quiescence suggests a sense of tranquility, peace, being in the moment… all things that one may feel when looking with care at Kathy’s incredible oil on linen paintings. She works within a very traditional genre, one which dates to Old European Masters. The technique involves building up many, many translucent layers of oil paint to achieve depth and luminosity.

McNenly paints exclusively from life, which gives an entirely different quality of tone than the more common practice of using photography as a source. She spends many hours with live models to achieve highly compelling portraits with thoughtful presence. Capturing a likeness from life requires immense skill; as the sitter moves and breathes, the painter has to find the essence of what’s happening in real time to achieve insight into the subject.

As well, her carefully constructed still life compositions exude balance and a playful use of perspective, their surfaces full of amazingly subtle nuances of light and shadow that accurately describe form, texture and reflected light.

McNenly has been a finalist in The Kingston Prize (Canada’s premier bi-annual portrait competition) and The Portrait Society of America’s International Competition (Award of Merit, 2012). These accomplishments and others place her within an internationally distinguished group of realist painters working today.

Please join us at the opening reception and artist’s talk: Friday August 7, from 7-9pm. All are welcome!

For further information, please contact Chandler Swain or Richard Skrobecki:

Tel: 613-461-3463


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