Paintings by Liz Doyle
October 20th-November 30th 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 20th 6 – 8 pm
Mark Borghi Fine Art
2426 Main Street
“Color and light are the foundation behind Liz Doyle’s bold yet transient paintings. Her works are focused meditations that challenge what is seen and unseen and how one’s surroundings affect an artist’s vision.
Working in oil and cold wax medium on canvas and board, the paintings are mostly modest in scale. Doyle uses bright palettes exploring a range of jewel and earthy hues, not unrelated to where the paintings may lead the viewer in their sense of place.
The atmospheric light conditions rendered through wax paper paint application contrast with the bold textural scrape lines on the surface of the paintings. These lines, often appearing as scratches take on triangular shapes and break through the surface of the two-dimensional picture plane offering another dimension. Their presence in the works emit a force, providing a grounding element as though tethering sails to a ship, or flaps on a tent to the ground. The lines are a constant reminder of our connection to the earth.
Existing in the realm of metaphor the paintings elicit moments of personal motif and signage. They reference maps and mountains, both ways to trace one’s bearings, as would be needed during a journey travelling by sea or space, such as the exhibition’s title describes. While the work is informed by the artist’s surroundings at her time of making, they emit a sense of water and land. This is perhaps a byproduct of daily visualization of what is on the artist’s mind or in her sight. Doyle relates the tethering lines to having a directional element—something that moves from point A to B. She relates this imagery in her paintings, to being able to see the mountains on the skyline from her studio and how they ground her in knowing where she is and when she is. These references between what is seen, felt and explored with a focus on painting itself give homage to artists such as Joan Mitchell and Robert Motherwell.”
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