Sarah McEneaney – Inside Spring 2020 – Artwork of the Week

Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to announce the launch of its latest “artwork of the week” with a focus on Sarah McEneaney’s painting Inside Spring 2020. McEneaney’s paintings are autobiographical and render her observations and experiences with meticulously detailed brushwork.…

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Taymour Grahne Projects is pleased to announce the launch of its latest “artwork of the week” with a focus on Sarah McEneaney’s painting Inside Spring 2020.

McEneaney’s paintings are autobiographical and render her observations and experiences with meticulously detailed brushwork. While her subject matter takes inspiration from the people, animals, places and things in her life, Sarah’s paintings are often edited, embellished and fantasized depictions of reality.

McEneaney writes about Inside Spring 2020:

“Inside Spring 2020 – The beginning, the height of the pandemic lockdown. If I was indoors – I was home. Usually in the studio, where the door behind my head leads. Or in the kitchen, either cooking or washing my hands. The animals are always there. I pulled out my Keep Calm and Hold Fast dishtowel and hung it on the pantry door. It’s still there today.

The composition came from Animal Thirst, a 2013 painting. I zoomed in, like a detail, and with a new animal family.

Inside Spring 2020 has collage elements – It began as a way to reproduce my own paintings into new paintings. I like the heightened detail that happens when the work is reproduced smaller. Then it’s collaged in and touched up. It retains my hand but with miniature details. The floor and brick wall seen through the door into studio are lifted from a previous studio painting. Now I also paint elements larger on paper, then reproduce and shrinker bend, to the size and shape I need. The knobs on the cabinet doors were done this way. They are portraits, the heads of Irving, Mango, Gladys, and Julius who surround me.”

In addition to her art practice, McEneaney is a community activist. She serves on the Boards of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association and the Friends of The Rail Park. In 2003 McEneaney co-founded the Reading Viaduct Project which merged with the Friends of the Rail Park in 2013. Phase One of the Rail Park opened in 2018 and is part of the City of Philadelphia’s Park system. The plan is to transform two long abandoned rail lines to a 3-mile linear public park.

Sarah McEneaney (b. 1955, Munich, Germany) graduated from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1979, and to this day lives, paints and commits herself to the community of Philadelphia. McEneaney has had solo museum shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Mills College Art Museum, CA; and the List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA. She has been in over seventy group shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and had consistent solo exhibitions in Philadelphia and New York over her 40+ year career. McEneaney’s work is in the collections of Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA and the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. Awards received by McEneaney include an Anonymous Was a Woman Grant, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and residencies at The Brodsky Center, Ballinglen Arts Centre, The Joan Mitchell Center, Chinati Foundation, Fundacion Valparaiso, the Chinati Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. Sarah McEneaney’s work is represented by Locks Gallery, Philadelphia and Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York.

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