LIFE PAINTINGS

by Krys Leach

Below is a small selection of my work. More pieces are available from : mcneillgallery.com

Smaller, affordable examples are also available online through our Etsy shop :

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AUTUMN LIGHT

is a complex evocation of low, direct sunlight as it plays across the body, filtered into intricate filigrees of light and shade and lending the scene a cool, sensual atmosphere.


CHIFFON

uses clear, strong daylight emerging through layers of translucent material to alternately conceal or reveal the shape of the body. By suggesting as much as it describes, it alludes to classical figure painting but gives it a contemporary spin.

 


LIGHT CURTAIN

uses spangled lighting and soft materials to create subtle and unusual effects.


COLOURWAYS

are slightly abstracted, ambiguous figures -described in an intriguing miasma of colours. Their ambivalent simplicity distills the realm of the magical into affordable art.

 


FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE

Sometimes the inclusion of a figure brings the scene to life but a nude adds another dimension altogether …


VIGNETTES

modest in size but bold in form, these evoke a moment, a mood or a simple celebration of female beauty.



MAMMATUS

the title comes from a cloud formation that echoes the mottled quality of light in this richly atmospheric, reflective series of paintings. The model poses in a pool of overhead light on a bed of starry uplighters. The complex textures of the material that surround her are rendered in sensuous detail.


SOLSTICE

poses the figure under a bamboo awning to cast bands of light and shade over her body. The resulting contours are slightly ambiguous, impressionistic; as intriguing as they are alluring.