Kathryn Macnaughton | Full Body | Advance Exhibition Preview

June 4-16, 2022
340 Dundas Street West, Toronto

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Bau-Xi Gallery is pleased to present, Full Body, the highly anticipated exhibition by Kathryn Macnaughton. Influenced by high Modernism, graphic design, vintage print media, and the human form, Macnaughton explores the intersection between freedom and precision as she translates her digital compositions to canvas.  

Regarding her process, the artist writes, “The washes are the most painterly inclusions in each composition. They anchor the work despite their sheerness and weightlessness. Moving paint around with water, it is necessary to be curious, yet remain undemanding and without expectation. Collisions will occur. As in the nature where the elements are beyond our control, so are the paints that crest and bleed on my canvas.

At the counterpoint of this visceral approach sits an extremely pragmatic process. Once the under layers are complete, I move from canvas to Photoshop. I have always been interested in digitally composing my paintings. Where the development of the washes seem lawless, the digital compositing of the flat elements find their foundation in a practice more regulated: colour theory, composition, and figure drawing.

The digital roots of Macnaughton's practice give way to painterly precision on the canvas, which beautifully demonstrates the artist's hand.  

A graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design, Macnaughton has exhibited across North America and Europe since 2010. Her work has been widely collected and can be found in numerous public and private collections.

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