The Messengers

Contemporary Abstract Portraiture by Kristin Beauvois

Date(s) & Times

July 31- August 28, 2015

Opening Reception Friday July 31, 6-9 PM

Ink and Watercolor Workshop, Saturday August 8th, 2 PM
Second Saturday Gallery Crawl August 8, 6-9 PM
Closing reception and artist talk Friday August 28th, 7 PM
Call The Studio office to see the exhibit at other times 727-895-6620.

Admission

Exhibit Receptions Free, Workshop Cost $50 includes supplies

Sponsors

Red Circle Sponsor: Kevin Lane

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Between truth of experience and recollection you find a blend of color and abstraction that is the basis for Kristin Beauvois' portraiture. Using ink and watercolor she creates soft and sometimes disharmonious images that evoke and imply meaning and narrative. "Preoccupied with the elusiveness of identity, my intentions are to create a body of portraiture that depicts moments of vulnerability that are then fictionalized by a mix of memory and imagination.... because the mind and its memories are capricious in nature they distort what my eyes see as truth and the paintings become something between the actual experience and my recollection of it." --Kristin Beauvois
Get your first look at her paintings during the opening reception on July 31, 2015.
The artist will also lead an ink and watercolor workshop on Saturday August 8 where participants will have an opportunity to try their hand at creating experimental abstract portraits. Kristin will talk about her art and creative process at the closing reception on August 28th. Closing reception begins at 6PM, talk begins at 7PM

S T A T E M E N T

Personal stories often identify a larger, collective consciousness. Preoccupied with the elusiveness of identity, this body of work reveals a tender take on aspects of life that are often tough to tackle. These characters are born from my imagination and records of overheard conversations, interactions between strangers, and stories from people I have met.

The paintings act like a catalog, visual journal entries individuals and memories that evoke a sense of human vulnerability and capture the human psyche. I believe there is a psychological imprint that everyone leaves behind. Rooms are seldom neutral; they are imbued with feelings and records of behavior that I constantly explore in an attempt to seamlessly combine the physical with the psychological, the image with the emotion. The medium of watercolor underscores the fragility of emotions. It is as if each image is still unfurling, and therefore so is the story behind each character.

Relying solely on the memory of an experience, I paint as much as I can remember, but then I am forced to create what I do not know. Sometimes I’m drawn to someone’s hands or one’s hunched over posture. A hunch can be a metaphor for so many things. My interest in observing these characteristics is an incentive to begin a painting, however, the mind is capricious in nature. Memories distort what my eyes see as truth and the paintings become something between the actual experience and my recollection of it. The psychological relationship between the people I meet and observe and myself is what is most important to me. I try to paint the silent, indefinable space between us.