At first glance, it can be difficult to try and pin down when the paintings of Megan Ellen MacDonald may have been created-with their intensely rich colour palettes, smoky landscapes, fantastic elements, and a delicate painterly touch- these paintings feel like they belong to the era of Caspar David Friedrich and the romantic painters of the 1800’s. But that initial impression is countered by the subject which belies the contemporary sensibility of the artist: cats, unicorns and Victorian porcelain tchotchkes dominate the focus. The blending of historical and modern in the paintings of Megan Ellen MacDonald creates an ambiguous world where fantasy and realism intersect.
While the modern subject matter might suggest an ironic detachment common to contemporary art, Megan Ellen MacDonald’s paintings are both convincingly and wonderfully sincere. Megan’s work seduces us with masterful painting techniques, shows a serious side to the fantastic and playful elements, and creates richly nuanced paintings that bridge historical and academic painting tradition with modern culture.