Last fall, Rebecca Kinkead, a graduate of the University of Vermont and Minnesota State University, joined the Maine Art gallery family. Over the course of the winter, our collection of her work has grown, and we are extremely excited to add more. On July 23rd, we will host a one-woman show at Maine Art Shows on Chase Hill Road in Kennebunk. This show will run for three weeks. Until then, we wanted to share a bit about Rebecca and some of the work we presently have of hers.
“These paintings are an exploration of energy, transience and time; The residue of a fleeting moment; The seen, and unseen vibrations of a living being,” says Kinkead. Every word of this description rings true in Cannonball (Yellow and Blue). The motion is captured in the fragments of water which surround the child as the sunlight reflects on the splintered surface. There is no gender, no age. It is a memory so many of us share; not only a moment from our childhood, but also one we have recreated with our own children. It is timeless.
When asked about her process Kinkead provides more than just the physical process. She also tries to explain the phenomenon she knows happens as she works. “Paint and wax are layered, dripped and scraped to create a sense that the subject is still emerging… still ‘becoming.’” In the painting, Roost, we can see how this works. The owls have a depth and dimension which draws not only the eye, but the hand. They beg to be touched. However, it is not just about the beauty and love of the animal; there is a sense of family and community present. That is the “becoming.”
Kinkead has been painting professionally since 1999. She has found success in galleries across the United States. Her work has no geographic constraints. She is able to capture moments and memories for us all, no matter where we live or where we grew up.
We welcome you to come into the gallery and see her work for yourself. We are open until five everyday. Remember to save the date for her show at Maine Art Shows on July 23rd, as well. As always, all her work can be viewed online on her Artist Page at www.maine-art.com.
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