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.
The paintings that Sean William Randall creates are the type of paintings that if you were standing 100 feet back from them at a gallery, you would be compelled, if not pulled in through some gravitational force to take a closer look. From a distance these paintings from Sean’s latest series wow us with their strangeness, absurdity and their sense of pure fun. Classic cars shot forth from fireballs streaking across the sky of serene landscapes; punchy reds and yellows contrasted against cool blue skies. Luckily for the viewer, these paintings are more than just pop art visuals-the work of Sean William Randall rewards the closer you get.
Elena Willis is a photographer whose large-scale works immerse the viewer in dream-like settings that feel pulled from our subconscious mind. She orchestrates actors, manufactures props, and engineers the landscape to create photographs free from photoshop or digital manipulation. The resulting photographs with their hits of high intensity colour draw the eye and encourage an interpretation of the mis en scene, but her open-ended narratives defy easy explanation.