ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Portraiture, a way to record the appearance of someone (a sitter or oneself) is an old art form going back at least to an ancient Egypt, where it flourished from about 5,000 years ago. Always more than just a record, portraits can show the importance, virtue, beauty, wealth, taste, power, vulnerability, or other qualities of the intended subject and often, in doing so, reflect on the times at hand.

This exhibit features the work of artists such as Erica Fairfull, Laurie Tuchel, Boryana Korheva, Marianne McGinnis, Brenda Zlamany, Miguel Tio, Saskie Slaaf, Nina Gallo, Charles Browning and Jill Slaymaker. Contact Yellow Fine Arts if interested in a piece.

ERICA FAIRFULL
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Inspiration

The inspiration for this piece was a antique statue of Mary I have in my studio.

Inspiration

The inspiration for this piece was the feeling of being lost in a dream.

May

Mixed Media

18 x 24

Dream

Mixed Media

18 x 24

LAURIE TUCHEL
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I look at the face of an older woman, I see poignancy; I see beauty in the mystery of her life.  Her lined face becomes a shrine, a contemplation of a life’s journey. A youthful face in contrast is unlined, unformed, its future

unknown.  A facial voyage, a woman’s voyage, my own voyage.

I look at the face of an older woman, I see poignancy; I see beauty in the mystery of her life.  Her lined face becomes a shrine, a contemplation of a life’s journey. A youthful face in contrast is unlined, unformed, its future

unknown.  A facial voyage, a woman’s voyage, my own voyage.

Mama Lou

Oil on Card Mounted on Board 

22 x 14

Ms. Bailou From Sweetings Cay

Oil on Card Mounted on Board

22 x 14

MARIANNE MCGINNIS
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I have always painted portraits but these two are different as they are a direct result of the pandemic. In Blue, a woman facing away from the viewer, her mood displayed in her hair color, bundled up against some unknown chill. The Queen mother is regal but seems fragile, and reflects that universal truth that has been

brought to the forefront of all of our lives this past year, the fragility and beauty of life, the solitude we all are living.

Blue

Watercolor on Paper

9 x 12

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I have always painted portraits but these two are different as they are a direct result of the pandemic. In Blue, a woman facing away from the viewer, her mood displayed in her hair color, bundled up against some unknown chill. The Queen mother is regal but seems fragile, and reflects that universal truth that has been

brought to the forefront of all of our lives this past year, the fragility and beauty of life, the solitude we all are living.

I have always painted portraits but these two are different as they are a direct result of the pandemic. In Blue, a woman facing away from the viewer, her mood displayed in her hair color, bundled up against some unknown chill. The Queen mother is regal but seems fragile, and reflects that universal truth that has been

brought to the forefront of all of our lives this past year, the fragility and beauty of life, the solitude we all are living.

The Queen Mother Gets the Jewels

Watercolor on Paper

9 x 12

BORYANA KORCHEVA
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Ema is a photographer and a close friend. I painted her when she had just become pregnant with her first child. This painting is about the delight, anxiety and wonder of the early moments of her transformation from a child to a mother.

Ema

Oil on Canvas

37.5 x 27.5

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This painting was inspired by the graduation photo of high school girls from my hometown in Bulgaria, taken around 1930. I was attracted by the loaded silence surrounding these calm faces.

Secrets

Oil on Canvas

28 x 22

BRENDA ZLAMANY
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Self-portraiture is a way to present a story about

oneself for public consumption, a break from the objectification of the female form as depicted by the male artist.

Portrait #149

Oil on panel

 12 x 12

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Self-portraiture is a way to present a story about

oneself for public consumption, a break from the objectification of the female form as depicted by the male artist.

Portrait #150

Oil on panel

 12 x 12

MIGUEL TIO
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SASKIA SLAAF

Jane with a Dragonfly

Egg tempera and oil glazes on panel
24 x 18

Molly

Egg tempera and oil on panel
20 x 16

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Divided WE STAND

Collage & Oil Paint

14 x 14

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Inspiration

I did this portrait of my friend Jane when she was going through the end of a relationship and a new beginning.

Inspiration

Portrait of another friend, Molly. Faces from the past flying away but holding on by a thread to one.

The unhealed pain of African Americans born in the United States, still being viewed as third class citizens.The painfulness, of not being viewed as a valuable human being while still suffering from trauma of the ancestors.

Political havoc January 6th 2021 coinciding with human behavioral patterns on social media, blocking of families, and friends because of political preferences.

Storm in a Teacup

Watercolor, Acrylic and Pencil

12.2 x 18.9

JILL SLAYMAKER
Honeymoon (Rainforest, Costa Rica), 2020
Can You Blame Me for Making a Scene, oil

This is a self portrait based on a 1990 photo by Roy Mittelman, NYC, and a 1995 sketchbook of gouaches I made on my honeymoon in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.  Being immersed in the rainforest for ten days, woken at 5am by monkeys, sleeping to the sounds of insect/frog orchestras and painting outdoors, were the

happiest moments of my life. I've been slightly

obsessed with tropical jungles ever since.

The title is from a poem by Tony Hoagland. The figure is partly my friend's daughter, Sofia, who posed, and partly autobiographical, with symbols from my childhood, and lyrics from a song I wrote at age 18 (written on the side of the Pandora-like box) that I used to play on recorder.

Honeymoon (Rainforest, Costa Rica)

oil and pastel pencil on wood

 circular, 16.5" wide

Can You Blame Me for Making a Scene

oil, India ink and acrylic on wood

48 x 36

NINA GALLO
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A Bubble bath that doubled as a toy was the perfect game for a kitten and 6 year old.

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With middle schools closed indefinitely in NYC the school dress code is lax and socialization is best had through headphones and an Xbox.

7th Grade in a Pandemic

Photograph

Playing with Bubbles

Photograph

CHARLES BROWNING
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Teaching on Zoom I look at my own face a lot. Thinking about the limitations of the camera and so extrapolating from the webcam info and pushing the color variety and the temperature and saturation ranges.

Self- Portrait

Oil on Panel

12 x 12

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Sarena is a friend and former student. As an exercise in recent weeks we've been meeting on Zoom to paint each other for 1/2 hour at a time, creating a composite image of many brief sittings.

Sarena

Oil on Panel

12 x 12