When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Friday, May 21, 2010

Anna Conway

By all accounts there is an element to these paintings that simply cannot be conveyed through the internet; namely, her method. I could wish for some detail shots to give us at least some idea of what is reported to be an astonishing degree of meticulous rendering. However even without the impact of that to affect us these are still compelling images of cryptic narrative realism. Those of you who actually read this blog (anyone? anyone?) might realize at this point that "Cryptic Narrative Realism" is not a bad moniker for a huge chunk of the work represented here.

I found out the following tidbits by reading some of her press. I read the press because the images intrigued me. I repeat these tidbits here not because they provide any insight into the work but because I think they make them even more intriguing.
1. In "A Pound of Cure" those are 4 tiny figures lying on their stomachs around the pool with their arms extended into the water.
2. In "Alejandro" that huge object is some kind of giant balloon or float like thing that has gone amok.
3. The title "Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time" refers to a day outside the Catholic holy seasons.
There's more, but alas not that much more, at: www.guildgreyshkul.com

"Enfield, MA" 2006 Oil on panel 46" x 68"

"A Pound of Cure" 2005 Oil on panel 36" x 60"

"Alejandro" 2005 Oil on panel 40" x 65"

"Twenty fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time" 2007 Oil on panel 46" x 68"