Art: Recent Portraits by Gaela Erwin at Manifest Gallery

After 15 years of creating self-portraits, Gaela Erwin’s recent paintings in pastel “have twin goals of celebrating realism and re-invigorating portraiture,” according to her artist statement.

click to enlarge Recent Portraits by Gaela Erwin at Manifest Gallery
Recent Portraits by Gaela Erwin at Manifest Gallery

After 15 years of creating self-portraits, Gaela Erwin’s recent paintings in pastel “have twin goals of celebrating realism and re-invigorating portraiture,” according to her artist statement. Her solo exhibition, consisting of nine pastels, was one of only six selected from 165 proposals submitted to Manifest for its 10th season, and the Louisville, Ky.-based artist’s work will also be included in Manifest’s forthcoming international juried publication/exhibition-in-print, International Drawing Annual 8


Erwin creates portraits and paintings in a style that has “origins in 17th century portrait paintings,” according to Manifest. Mining the universal complexities of family interactions, including her relationship with her aging mother, Erwin pictorially explores classic family dynamics to create compositions that are at once alluring and disturbing. 

Opening reception: 6-9 p.m. Friday. On view through April 4. Free. Manifest Gallery’s North Gallery, 2727 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills, manifestgallery.org.

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