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Teresa Oaxaca - April 2016

Teresa Oaxaca, “Misfits”
Exhibit dates: Wednesday, April 6–Sunday, May 1

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 7, 6:30–8:00 pm
Drawing demo: Join Oaxaca for a drawing demo in the Gallery, Wednesday, April 13, 11:00 am–6:00 pm. We will also live stream the demo here.

"Laughing Queen," oil on canvas with artist made frame. 60" x 40".

Artist Teresa Oaxaca’s latest paintings blend together portraiture and still life in elaborate, tightly cropped compositions. The modern master poses 21st Century individuals in Victorian and Baroque costumes, paired with dolls, bones, teacups, fresh flowers, and masks. She paints her daring, and almost abstract, layouts with bright colors and dancing brushwork, obscuring perspectives while obeying gravity, form, and light the same way an old master would. Her second solo exhibit at The Art League, “Misfits,” will be on view April 6-May 1, 2016.

Artist demo April 13

Watch in person in the Gallery, 11:00 am–6:00 pm, or
live streaming.

“Misfits” explores the themes of clowns and dolls, human effigies, and painted faces, integrating human emotions and passions with allegorical storytelling. Oaxaca’s style has greatly grown and evolved since her first solo exhibit at The Art League in 2010. She’s interested in breaking the boundaries of traditional realism, and is succeeding through her choice of subject matter, composition, and painterly style.

“My work is about pleasing the eye. I paint light and the way it falls. Simple observation reveals beauty, which I often find in the unconventional. Because of this, I have learned to take particular delight in unusual pairings of subject matter.”

Oaxaca’s compositions are often spontaneous. “When a person comes to me, they occupy a space in my mind. Arrangements form from there until I excitedly see and conceive the idea for the piece. The design is both planned and subconscious. For this reason, I surround myself with Victorian and Baroque costumes, bones, and other things in which I find fascinating. I want subject matter to always be at hand, always around me.”

All of Oaxaca’s paintings are shown within unique frames that the artist designed, built, and painted herself. She feels that the individually designed frames truly complete the one-of-a-kind piece.

Teresa Oaxaca is an America born artist currently based in the Washington, DC area. She is a full-time painter whose works are held in collections and galleries throughout the world. Her talent has been recognized and rewarded by museums and institutions including the American Museum of the Cowboy, the former Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Art Renewal Center, the Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Posey Foundation, the Portrait Society of America, and the Museu Europeu D’Art Modern in Barcelona.

Her training includes a four-year diploma from the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, graduate studies at the Florence Academy, an apprenticeship with Odd Nerdrum in Norway, and studies at The Art League in Alexandria, VA, where she trained with Robert Liberace, Paul Lucchesi, and others. She currently teaches workshops around the US and Europe.

Within the DC area, she has participated with local groups including the Esperanza Education Fund and the National Education Association. In 2014, she became a member of the Young Partners Circle of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is a registered member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and an Ambassador for the newly established Da Vinci Initiative, which designs and promotes skill-based learning and lesson plans for US K-12 public school educators. 

Gallery hours:
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 noon-6:00 pm

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