Skidmore Contemporary Art celebrates Canadian artist Anne-Marie Kornachuk. A realist painter, best known for her paintings of women surrounded by reams of fabric. In her paintings the drama of the fabric who take center stage. Working with oil and using traditional painting techniques, she is influenced by the theatricality of Baroque Art.
Anne-Marie Kornachuk, Blue, Oil on wood panel, 30″ x 30″ 2019
In her first solo show at Skidmore Contemporary Art she continues to focus on female figures surrounded by voluminous fabric. In her paintings, the figures are absolutely still, but the fabric is animated, overwhelming the figure at times. It plays multiple roles. In her words: “There is an operatic quality in the beauty, complexity and energy of the fabric, as if the fabric is alive with the hidden internal dramas of the figure.”
Conveying only small figurative details, the details speak for the body as a whole. The paintings represent moments of intense intimacy, implicating the viewer. In the painting Ivory the figure, seen from above, is lost in thought. There is an overall stillness and symmetry to the figure and the composition, except the fabric erupts around her and she is sitting on the edge of a (metaphorical) fault line. (In reality the figure sits on the floor of the artists’ studio.)
Anne-Marie Kornachuk (born in Pin Court, Quebec), grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She completed her BFA at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec (1993) and now resides in Lakefield, Ontario.
November 16 – December 21, 2019
Where: Skidmore Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, B-4, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Website: http:/www.skidmorecontemporaryart.com; http://www.bergamotstation.com