They must be oils!
When gallery goers see Andrée Hudson’s work, they fall in love with her masterful manipulation of oils. Except they’re not oils.
“People are like, ‘Those aren’t acrylics!’ and I’m like, ‘Yes they are!’” says Hudson.
Hudson used oils most of her life, but got concerned about their toxicity when she had her two daughters. It’s hard to believe, but the only paint that touches her pallet nowadays is acrylic.
More viewers will surely make the same mistake at Hudson’s “Motion and Emotion,” her one-woman show that opens Friday. Whether she’s capturing solitary people, stampeding animals or expansive landscapes, the artist paints with thick, swirling strokes that lend her subjects a soft luminosity.
The effect is striking on some of her larger canvases. Cows stampede and bicycle racers surge as though they’re going to shatter their frames, but Hudson’s tender light dissipates the adrenaline.
“Everything has a lot of movement, but you can’t hear anything,” says Hudson. Viewing the paintings becomes a chance to dwell within the power of a single moment.
This is especially true of Hudson’s portraits, which show western women in idle moments. Their eyes look off into the distance or else down into their laps as they ponder great existential mysteries. Perhaps they themselves are wondering, “Could I really be acrylic?”
Andree Hudson’s “Motion and Emotion” runs from July 17 to July 30. Join us on Friday, July 20 for the artist reception from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
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