Everyday Gods & Goddesses
April 4 - May 6, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
“The Artist’s Mother as Gaea”, oil, 32”x 28”
Combining historical and mythological themes with unexpected and expressive portraiture, oil painter Linda Lawler presents “Everyday Gods & Goddesses,” a collection of paintings portraying friends and family as mythical deities. This exhibit is on view at The Art League Gallery April 4 – May 6, 2013.
This series began with Lawler’s self-portrait of herself as the Greek god Bacchus. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response for its sense of whimsical humor, Lawler continued the series, enlisting friends and family as subjects and superimposing her own perceptions of their personalities as figures of myth. Each portrait incorporates elements associated with a particular character, anchoring this body of work firmly in tradition and symbolism. Some of the other gods and goddesses portrayed in her paintings are Gaea, Adonis, and Persephone.
Lawler hopes that her exhibit will prompt viewers to “ponder their own inner god or goddess.”
Lawler is a portrait and landscape painter working primarily in oils, and occasionally branching out into watercolor and pastel. Beginning her career as a self-taught artist, Lawler has since studied with Art League School instructors Danni Dawson and Robert Liberace. She is a Registered Copyist at the National Gallery of Art and continues her studies at intensive workshops such as the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College, Massachusetts. This is her second solo exhibit at The Art League.