Kirsty Templeton Davidge, "A Red, Red Rose," 2016
Kirsty Templeton Davidge, "A Red, Red Rose," 2016 oil on canvas, 48" x 48"
Opening Reception: Thursday, June 23, 2016, From 7:00 - 9:00 pm. Artist in attendance.
In Hole-And-Corner, Kirsty Templeton Davidge brings us intimate, and sensitively rendered portraits. Cropped perspectives of the human form highlighting hands, backs, and clothing items are often the only hints provided to piece together faceless narratives. Where the artist has chosen to depict the faces of her characters, they are secretive and elusive, seeming to only indirectly acknowledge the viewer.
“Suspended in an illusory state of quiet yet restless repose, these are gentle portraits of young men and women; isolated yet interconnected characters, metaphors for the physical manifestations of the full array of internal psychological tones. They are completely self-aware, yet fiercely guarded. As they move away from childhood but not yet feeling an adult, they are neither ‘here nor there’ but in limbo, they are in between… Bourne from personal stories, these youths isolate themselves from those around them. These ambiguous portraits depict a delicate balance between deep secrets, which we cherish, but long to release.”
Kirsty Templeton Davidge’s portraits look to technical elements from the Contemporary Baroque period embodied by such artists as Velasquez, as well as to later Realists including portraitists such as Reynolds and Manet. “Of personal interest to me is to allow the paint to be paint and yet something more, it is raw and expressive and yet ‘beautiful’ at the same time.”