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It Was Another Lifetime Painting

Kai McCall


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 48 W x 54 H x 1.5 D in

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This painting was inspired by the decorative aesthetic of "Art Nouveau". I painted the flowers in the woman's hair in a decorative way, in contrast to the realism of her face. I like the dynamic tension between her powerful gaze and the splatters of paint that sweep across the canvas. For me this captures the experience of seeing someone in movement. Eye contact is made, but the rest of the scene remains in motion.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

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Size:48 W x 54 H x 1.5 D in

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I'm a figurative painter living in Montreal. I'm interested in narrative painting because of its versatility in expressing a wide range of thematic and philosophical ideas. The way I typically develop narrative in a painting is by depicting a conflict. The conflict becomes the motor driving the painting's narrative. I have used many different types of conflicts to propel the narrative in my work. I might, for example, depict an event where a simple opposition takes place, or have a figure forced to make a difficult choice, or show an uncertain transition taking place. In some paintings the conflict depicted suggests a deep crisis, in others it occurs more quietly. I enjoy setting the wheels of narrative in motion and allowing the viewer to speculate on the outcome of the events depicted. My recent series of paintings make reference to multiple periods in the history of art. Set in the present and framed like a film still, they engage with the past by taking on the tones and colours of Grand Manner portraiture. The play of light and shadow is handled differently from one painting to another, becoming as much the subject of my work as the figures themselves. In the latest paintings I have increased the scale, zooming in on the subject's faces, creating a deeper intimacy between the viewer and the artwork.

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