claire mcconaughy: still air


May 23, 2017 - June 17, 2017

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The Painting Center is pleased to present the paintings of Claire McConaughy in the Main Gallery and Project Room. McConaughy describes her paintings as “ translations of scenes that have been shifted, the way a poet recalls an event and reconstructs it into words, metaphors and impressions. The paintings originate from actual places, but the images, colors, brush strokes and compositions are adjusted until they are new moments.” Coming from a small town surrounded by wooded areas that she has been painting since childhood, McConaughy brings those places to her current home in Brooklyn to paint from. The source images become part of the present while filled with memories.

Claire McConaughy lives and works in New York. She earned her MFA in painting from Columbia University and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She has exhibited in galleries including "Selections 45" at The Drawing Center, "Variations in Paint" at The Painting Center, "Persona" at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery, College of St. Elizabeth, "Reductive", at Jeffrey Leder Gallery, "Portraits" at Storefront Gallery and others. She received a Ucross Foundation Residency and Santa Fe Art Institute Artist’s Residency. For over a decade McConaughy was on the staff of New Observations Magazine, a non-profit art journal.