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Teresa Oaxaca - May 2010

Classical Realism: New Works

"In Time"

Teresa Oaxaca, a young master at making the human figure come to life on the canvas, will have her recent paintings featured at The Art League Gallery in her solo exhibit, Classical Realism: New Works, May 6 – June 7, 2010.

The inspiration for the “icon” piece in the exhibit came after Oaxaca stumbled upon Jan Brueghel’s “Triumph of Death Over Life.”  She then sought to create her own piece incorporating a skeleton with a live figure. Oaxaca’s painting In Time was created via painting the model from life in her studio and then adding the skeleton by painting one from “life” at the Smithsonian.

In most of her works the classical nude is depicted. She has a strong interest in anatomy and the body, as did her favorite artists Gericault, Caravaggio, and Ribera. In some of her newer paintings and drawings one can see Oaxaca’s developing interest for Victorian-era fashion, perhaps indicating a new direction.

An early student of The Art League School, Oaxaca showed artistic promise at a young age. At 17 she left to study in Florence professionally at the Angel Academy of Art and the Florence Academy of Art. Now at 22, she’s completed her studies and is eager to work in her own studio. Her training has been very traditional and structured in the approach to creating art – following the methods of the masters. She works entirely from life, drawing and painting from a live model over a period of several days to several months.  “Working from life allows you to capture nuances of light and temperature, facial expressions, and emotions,” Oaxaca states.  She primarily works in oil because it is such a durable, versatile medium in which she can achieve a great range of value, color, and texture.

“Classical Realism, New Works”: May 6 – June 7, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 13, 2010, 6:30-8:00 pm
A classical duo, Piccoloboe, will accompany the opening reception.
Ava Oaxaca (playing the oboe, English horn, and bassoon) and Lisa Konorts (playing the flute) will perform traditional music from pre-Baroque/medieval, Baroque, Classical, and Romance periods.



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