Combining historical and mythological themes with unexpected and expressive portraiture, oil painter Linda Lawler presents “Everyday Gods & Goddesses,” a collection of paintings portraying friends and family as mythical deities. This exhibit is on view at The Art League Gallery April 4 – May 6, 2013, with an opening reception and meet the artist Thursday, April 11, 6:30 - 8:00 pm.
This series began with Lawler’s self-portrait of herself as the Greek god Bacchus. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response for its sense of whimsical humor, Lawler continued the series, enlisting friends and family as subjects and superimposing her own perceptions of their personalities as figures of myth. Each portrait incorporates elements associated with a particular character, anchoring this body of work firmly in tradition and symbolism.
Lawler hopes viewers will begin to “ponder their own inner god or goddess.” Some of the most recognizable figures of mythology are represented – Diana the Huntress, Poseidon, and Medusa to name a select few. With Lawler’s unique wit and detail-oriented skill, these figures take on new traits and personalities of the real people they portray.
Lawler is a portrait and landscape painter working primarily in oils, and occasionally branching out into watercolor and pastel. Beginning her career as a self-taught artist, Lawler has since studied with Art League School instructors Danni Dawson and Robert Liberace. She is a Registered Copyist at the National Gallery of Art and continues her studies at intensive workshops such as the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College, Massachusetts. This is her second solo exhibit at The Art League.