claire MCConAughy: not so far away

Exhibition Dates: october 29 - november 23, 2019

Reception: friday, november 1, 6 - 8 pm

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The Painting Center is very excited for the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Claire McConaughy titled Not So Far Away: Paintings by Claire McConaughy, October 29 to November 23, 2019. McConaughy will be present for the reception on Friday, November 1, from 6 to 8pm. Catalogue available with an essay by Barbara O’Brien, independent curator and critic, and former Executive Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

McConaughy’s exhibit features 10 paintings of trees within a landscape that evoke a mood of timelessness, while the ephemeral light captured by McConaughy infuses the paintings with a sense of observed reality to a time of day or season. 

Bruce Halpin’s 2017 review reflects upon McConaughy’s “handling of paint [that] evokes Manet in its deftness and sort of loose precision, while her color sense seems to be entirely of her own invention.”

Painting in her studio while referencing photographs she has taken, McConaughy’s subtle sense of space is a delicate construction of multiple distances within the painting itself, and also without. There is a delineation of foreground, midground and background that provides the viewer a specific location either directly adjacent to the landscape or just outside the frame where you can easily wander into the scene. The size of the paintings from small and intimate to referencing a human scale and drama, also invites one into over an open-ended conversation with painting, and by extension the artist, leaving the narrative to be discovered

McConaughy’s striking visual form of intensely gestural blunt brushstrokes loaded with pigments of striking yellows, hot pinks and lush greens, are juxtaposed by gentle languid swaths of cool blues, creamy grays, and earthy browns. 

Claire McConaughy lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. McConaughy has had over 50 solo and group exhibitions at distinguished galleries such as Art Resources Transfer, Boston Center for the Arts, Lichtunfire, Jay Grimm Gallery, TZ Art & Company, The Drawing Center, Drawing Rooms and Sideshow Gallery, in addition to being on the staff of the influential art journal, New Observations Magazine. Her work is in the collections of JP Morgan and Sony Music with media coverage including Artnet and the Boston Herald. Fellowships and residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, UCROSS Foundation and a Mid-Atlantic/NEA Visual Arts Fellowship finalist. McConaughy received her MFA from Columbia University, NYC, and a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh.