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Kathleen Giles at Gallery 1045

Watercolor verisimilitude

Image courtesy of the artist


October 4

Work by Kathleen Giles

At Gallery 1045 until the end of the month

1045 Elmwood Avenue


“Lucky for me, realism made a comeback in recent years,” notes artist Kathleen Giles, whose watercolor still lifes and portraits are startlingly faithful to their subject matter. Giles attended college as an art student in the seventies but became discouraged by the domination of abstract work. She taught herself how to paint in watercolor and her proficiency is now so advanced that she teaches workshops nationwide.


Giles’s work has been shown in various competitive watercolor exhibitions all over the US, and it has won prizes in many of them. Her work was also featured in a six-page article in Watercolor Artist magazine. “My paintings capture a moment in time,” she says. “I use realism to grab the viewer’s attention and then invite them to explore further the world I have created.


The artist grew up in Lockport, teaches locally at the Kenan Center, and now maintains a home studio in Gasport.


The works’ brisk realism stands out amid the often hazy world of watercolor art and makes a strong statement for the versatility of the medium.


See work by Kathleen Giles starting October 4 at Gallery 1045, at 1045 Elmwood Avenue, where it is on view until the end of the month.



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