Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor

Acrylic, ink, crayon, mesh netting on canvas (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 10″ x d 1.75″

Why Paint? That is the question asked of members of the Organization of Kingston Women Artists. Those in the group who choose paint as their medium have responded and their work will be exhibited in a show at Art Noise Gallery, Kingston, Canada (https://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html) from 24 June to 07 August 2021. My contributions to this show include this piece as well as Nereids in the Garden of Hippocampus (https://npaulartworks.com/2021/01/13/nereids-in-the-garden-of-hippocampus/).

Nereids Reach the Deep Sea Floor started with an impulse to play – with pigment, mediums, collage – with paint. Over time and iterations I came to understand at last where it was going and brought in the Nereids and their friends: the luminescent, fanged creatures of the dark mountainous world that is the bottom of the ocean. Monstrous in appearance to us, it is they who are under threat, endangered because of the commercial fishery practice of bottom trawling. (Present here: Dragonfish (x2), anomuran, coelacanth, hatchet fish, fangtooth (x2), anglerfish, viperfish (x2), predatory tunicate, frilled shark, gulper eel (x2), tube-eye.)

Nereids in the Garden of Hippocampus

Acrylic and ink on canvas (2021)

Size: w 16″ x h 10″ x d 1.75″

Inspired by, and dedicated to, SJ by her AN.

Hippocampus: part of the brain associated with memory, thought to resemble a seahorse.

The starting point for this painting was an image of the hippocampus obtained by means of antibody staining by Thomas Deerinck and Mark Ellisman (2004), reproduced in Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century. My sea dragon (barely discernible, certainly not recognizable, in any case upside down) inhabits an underwater garden of memory, dream and desire.

Nereids Join ‘La Danse’

Nereids Join (I)

Acrylic, graphite and coloured gesso on birch panel

Nereids Join (II)

Size (each): 8″ x 8″ x 1.6″

Nereids Join (III)

In my Nereids series of paintings, a tiny pair of luminous elven-like figures explore at my behest distant lands, seas and sky, the underworld and the tops of mountains; they are the agents of my empathetic imagination.  The fifty Nereids of Greek mythology were gentle, unremarkable maidens who lived at the bottom of the sea.  In my work they exemplify the humility needed to understand, to connect.

“Nereids Join La Danse” I, II, and III, with a nod to Henri Matisse in particular, celebrate artists of integrity great and small. They will be on display at the Isabel Bader Centre, Art and Media Lab, Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada (March 16-27) as part of the exhibit “The Politics of the Artist’s Footprint” https://www.facebook.com/events/125247775582098/

Nereids Ascending

Nereids Ascending

Acrylic, graphite, collage (2018)

Size:  w 20″ x h 20″

My recent solo show Restoring Balance:  Before and Between (Art Noise Gallery, Kingston Canada — 23 Aug to 20 Sep) featured this work and its companion, Nereids Descending, both completed in July this year.   The gallery (http://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html) currently is exhibiting A Show of Smalls, featuring the work of over 20 artists, including mine — on through October 18.

Gaia Serena (Detail)

Gaia Serena

Acrylic and graphite on travertine (2014)

Size:  w 16″ x h 24″ x d 0.6″

This piece and five other works on stone, eight on canvas, five on paper, and one on plate glass are currently on display at Art Noise Gallery in Kingston — http://www.artnoise.ca/gallery.html — until September 20.  Please join us at the opening reception!

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Nereids Descending (Detail)

nereids descending

Acrylic, graphite, collage on canvas (2018, work in progress)

Size:  w 20″ x h 16″

My upcoming solo show at the wonderful music listening space at Art Noise gallery (Tri-Art paints) in Kingston Ontario is titled Restoring Balance:  Before and Between.  Works created using acrylic paint and media plus graphite, collage, pastel on stone, canvas, paper will be displayed.  Please drop in! the exhibit is up 23 August to 20 September 2018.