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Maureen Gallace was born in 1960, in Stamford, Connecticut. Nowadays she lives and works in New York.
Gallace finds inspiration in the modest edifices and rural environs of her native New England. She paints intimate landscapes featuring serene, unpeopled houses. Deceptively effortless in their appearance, Gallaceâ€™s paintings take shape through careful observation and decisive omission. In this series of works, boxlike cottages are surrounded by bright hues of thriving summer greenery and a luminous pale sky. Visible brushstrokes, applied in wet-on-wet layers of oil paint, describe areas of color that appear infused with light. In some of her paintings, descriptive architectural details such as windows and doors are absent, leaving the viewer free to attach his or her own associations to the structure.
Traveling frequently to the countryside of her native New England, the artist makes copious photographs and sketches. "I work backwards," Gallace said. "Most of it comes down to staring [at the building] and breaking it down to its essentials." Decidedly without nostalgia or sentimentality, these pictures refer to a transient present moment rather than a historical time and place. The private dwellings have few, if any, points of entry.
Maureen Gallace has exhibited internationally for a number of years at a wide range of venues, including the Art Institute of Chicago (2006); Kerlin Gallery, Dublin (2005); Il Capricorno, Venice and Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles (2004); and the Dallas Museum of Art, Interim Art, London, and 303 Gallery, New York (2003). She received a BFA from the University of Hartford in 1981 and a MFA from Rutgers University in 1983.
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