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The Birthday Boy Painting

Christy Powers

United States

Painting, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 16 W x 20 H x 1 D in

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My work has focused on the way we use photography and social media to construct our memories. I try to create paintings that reflect that unattainable dream like quality of our memories. I have inherited thousands of family photographs, my family was in the photo engraving and processing business for over 75 years, and have been archiving them. Going through them I've been amazed by the common themes and imagery that I've used in my own work. My new work is focusing on creating a blend of my own history with my family history and where those images begin to combine and blur together. This painting is based off of a photo of my brother at his 4th Birthday. This painting is gouache, ink, watercolor and liquid acrylic on Yupo paper. The painting is 14 x 10 inch mounted on a matte board and in a 20 x 16 white box frame with museum quality acrylic and is ready to hang. I make my work by tracing the original photo, on larger paintings I then project the image and create an ink underpainting, on the smaller pieces I create an ink diy monoprint that I transfer onto the Yupo as the underpainting. Yupo is a synthetic paper and the ink doesn't absorb in giving it a longer drying time so I can then work in wet-on-wet with gouache and watercolor building texture and working to recreate the image from the memory while manipulating the distorted underpainting. I finish using liquid acrylic like a terp thinned oil paint to glaze on highlights, shadows and details.

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Painting:Acrylic on Paper

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Size:16 W x 20 H x 1 D in

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Christy Powers was born and raised in New York. She received a BA at Sarah Lawrence College and then went on to earn an MA with distinction from the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in 2007. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Bronx Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Queen Victoria Museum, Giacobetti Paul Gallery, White Box, GPG Auvergne, Brick Lane Gallery, Madarts Gallery , Here Art, A*Space, Kudos Gallery, and COFAspace. She has participated in residencies at ILIRI in the Australian Outback as well as the AIM program at the Bronx Museum.

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