Patricia Schappler is asking us to ponder what the individual is thinking while looking past the story telling narrative. Positioning of figure suggests “anticipation” leading us in movement towards that feeling of “wanting more.” Diana Kirkpatrick asks us to look more deeply into realism, past the personality, towards soul essence. Eyes of her subjects have an uncanny way of pulling you right in. The gist of her work is that it’s less about the individual and more about what lingers, hidden, in the underlying recesses of the being.
Patricia Schappler…"Originating from an interest in storytelling and myth, I look to family, friends, and community to express oppositional partnerships…joy and loss, fragility and strength, energy and inertia.
My paintings are sourced from both reality and fiction, bridging structured, observed forms with the intuitive and abstract. Painting is a place of discovery. "
Patricia’s choice of materials is a response to life; graphite is refined, delicate and poetic but also dramatic and insistent, depending on the pressure and urgency of hand to canvas. Charcoals and pastels are softer with a base in dust; in one moment they’re used to have subject appear solid and in the next, fragile enough to disappear into the air one breathes.
Diana Kirkpatrick burrows in and takes a straight line into the heart of the matter. Her work is detailed with emotion; one wants to literally reach inside the painting, to sit down and have a conversation with the subject portrayed. Her work is true expression and a study of the soul.
Kirkpatrick studied at the prestigious Academy of Realist Art, Boston and has exhibited extensively throughout New England. Diana’s influences are varied and include: Lucian Freud, Jenny Saville, Jacob Collins, and Charles Pfhal. Her work can be seen in many competitions and she’s honored to be privately collected.
Both artists invite us to connect emotionally and put forth a strong, sure hand in execution. Join us for a show filled with question, wonder and depth of character!