Herringer Kiss Gallery presents Renée Duval – Devotions
March 8 – April 7, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 8th from 5 to 8 pm.
Artist in Attendance.
Since 2011 Renée Duval has created paintings of symmetrical trees that she paints from photo-collages. The resulting works are somewhat hallucinatory – both resolutely realistic as well as supernatural. Duval’s paintings have long been characterized by a fidelity to the alchemy of representational painting as well as a passionate engagement with the language of painting. As a painter, she is strongly influenced by both western and non-western art history. In her most recent work, this symmetrical plant life has been formed into a series of large heads that are both explicit and implied. These “portraits” are iconic in their presentation and totemic in their symmetry.
For this exhibition, Duval presents a recent series of large paintings that occupy a space between two opposing perceptions that emphasize the mutability of perception and allow reconciliation between the banal and the miraculous.
Renée Duval lives and works in Montreal. Born in British Columbia, she graduated with Honors from Emily Carr College of Art (1986) and completed an M.F.A. at Corcordia University in Montreal. (1991) Her work has been exhibited across Canada and she has participated in exhibitions in the United States and France. Her work can be found in numerous public as well as private collections and she has received several grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec. Renée’s work was included in the publications Carte Blanche Vol 2-Painting (2008) and The RBC Painting Competition: 10 years (2008).
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