Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to present the first one-person exhibition in the United States of Nova Scotia artist Sara MacCulloch. New Paintings consists of sixteen landscape paintings completed over the past year from places near where the artist lives on the East Coast and Ontario, as well as the fields and trees of the Cotswolds in England where she visited this past spring.
Sara MacCulloch’s work focuses on rendering places as familiar, not particular, simplifying it as far as she can to capture the “feeling of space”. The artist’s brush strokes seem at once laconic and buttery; molding the sentiment of a place from a few wet strokes. MacCulloch works in the wet, and after watercolor and graphite studies are complete, the paintings are completed in a single block of time. She may make several goes at the work but the final painting results from a single episode. This process brings a rough hewn earnestness to the work that relies on a deft hand and well trained instincts, but the craft is not flaunted. The viewer does not dawdle long with technique before slipping into the emotional lull of color, paint and form. Sara MacCulloch’s quiet landscapes pack a painterly, abstract, punch; pushing the paint to be as descriptive as possible with less instead of more. Stripped to the bare bones, the artist’s landscapes are at once raw, calm and dynamic.
Sara MacCulloch lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She exhibits extensively throughout Canada in Halifax, Toronto and Edmonton. Her work is in the collections of the Nova Scotia and Canada Council Art Banks, the Gotsland Kunstmuseum in Gotsland, Sweden, and various public and private collections. MacCulloch is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including a grant from the Nova Scotia Department of Culture to complete New Paintings.