Rebecca Kinkead’s “Local Color” features gorgeous harmonies and spontaneous movements.
“Rebecca Kinkead: Local Color” shows the Vermont artist’s stylized, oil and wax figurative paintings of children basking in simple, tender moments, and loving depictions of Vermont wildlife that capture their quirky individuality. Kinkead’s use of palette knives gives a rich texture to her large-scale oil paintings from which the viewer can appropriate his or her own memory. The exhibition closes at West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park on June 17th.
This recent body of work by the Ferrisburg, Vermont-based painter has received much praise and has been well-received by the public. In the critical essay accompanying the exhibition catalog, Michael Wehunt writes, “As Kinkead blooms fully as an artist, she no longer confines herself within the abstract or abstruse. The eye must approach the canvas to gain the impressionistic blur the mind suggests. Kinkead touches the texture of life and comments on our inner perceptions of its weight and form. Paint and wax seek ‘very small moments of joy’, as the artist says, where the shades of the world bleed together in gorgeous harmony.”
Xian Chang-Waren, writing in Seven Days, said “Kinkead’s work currently focuses on subjects that might have been lifted from the pages of a children’s book, or inspired by a lullaby. She blends hazy color with depictions of spontaneous movement: a hare bounding across a snowy meadow; a dog shaking water from its coat; Holsteins flicking their tails while resting on a flowering field; and dozens of children riding bicycles or diving into the water.”
Kinkead has shown her work extensively in both solo and group shows across the United States and Ireland. She has been written about in Southwest Art Magazine, Boston Globe, Artscope Magazine, Seven Days and The Park Record in Park City, Utah. Her work is in a number of corporate and private collections, including those of Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King and the Ballinglen Archive, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland.