Victoria Pearmain presents her new collection of oil paintings that represent her view of behind-the-scenes locations around Chattanooga that remain hidden from the casual observer. An opening reception from 5pm to 8pm on the First Friday, February 7, 2014, at the gallery, is an opportunity to meet the artist and see what she sees in this area.
A plein-air painter for many years, Pearmain absorbs the atmosphere of her subjects on location to give life to her representation which she finalizes in the studio. A vacant lot, the factory now shut down, the little view of nature on the edge of the Walmart parking lot – these city vignettes inspire her works in oil on canvas, paper or panels.
“I find life and character, color and texture in these places which often become habitats for birds, plants, and butterflies. I want to express the feeling of the place as I see it,” the artist explains.
Some paintings are worked in many layers, giving them a rough quality like the scenes they depict. Several of them have been in progress for many years. They are an on-going series of paintings of places that are often overlooked by others. Most contain architectural elements that contrast with the softer shapes of the natural landscape.
Pearmain received her BFA in painting from the Massachusetts College of Art. She traveled to Florence, Italy, to study in a six-month program at Studio Arts International. Currently an elected member of In-Town Gallery since October 2011, she was formerly a member for two years, July 2002 through March 2004.