The City of Light (Paintings of Venice) Opens October 17th at Karin Clarke Gallery
October 17 - December 1• Free
Margaret Coe’s exhibition “The City of Light” at Karin Clarke Gallery
The Karin Clarke Gallery, located at 760 Willamette Street in downtown Eugene, will exhibit the latest collection of paintings by Margaret Coe from October 17 through December 1. “The City of Light” features 22 large and mid-sized oil paintings that were created during and after Coe’s five week stay in Italy earlier this year.
“In 2017, I spent two weeks in Venice, and found that I stayed very close to areas that I was familiar with. When I returned this year, I was able to spend much more time exploring the city, which really had a significant impact on the work I was able to create” says Coe. “I really felt like I was able to make a much deeper connection to my surroundings, and to my work this time.”
Working in both the plein-air style and studio setting, this exhibition features some paintings that were created using a mixed method approach where Coe started select works on site, and finished them later in her studio. In these examples, Coe was able to create pieces that were highly interpretive to her surroundings, but also took inspiration from the canvas itself.
Prior to her trip, Coe invested in fine-grade, linen canvas, which was a departure from her normal selection of standard cotton canvas. As a result, her paintings took on a new lightness and transparency. She found that the softness of the linen inspired her to use a more tender approach to her pieces.
“This collection of work really shows the connection that I had made with Italy during this last trip. I was able to experience the beauty of Venice through painting on a very responsive canvas,” says Coe. “During my time there, I found that I was in a place where myself, the canvas, and Venice were all in harmony.”
On Saturday, October 20, at 4 p.m., Coe will be giving a talk about her experience in Venice and about this new series. A reception will follow.