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WILD KINGDOM
Paintings by Ellen Paquette
Saturday, April 23 - Saturday May 14, 2016

Opening reception Artist gallery talk - Saturday, April 23

Ellen Paquette's highly detailed portraits of animals show them in a noble light. Borrowing from conventions of Renaissance portraiture, Paquette paints animals in the roles they seem to naturally inhabit, with or without such human dress and accoutrements.

See Ellen's gallery talk on YouTube
See the Times Observer article on this exhibition: Part 1, Part 2


Bio

A native of Warren, Ellen Paquette graduated with a BA in Art from Keene State College in 1993. Along with art, she spent a significant amount of time studying anthropology and archaeology.

Over the last 25 years, Ellen has had extensive experience in narrative painting, portraiture, spot illustration, theatrical scenic design and costume design. Her skill as a painter in oils and acrylic has been especially showcased in unique animal portraiture and interior decorative and trompe l'oeil projects.

She is also a professional Celtic harpist, volunteer therapeutic harpist for Hospice, avid enjoyer of the outdoors, and fabric artist who designs and creates whimsical soft sculpture toys and one of a kind art dolls inspired by Celtic myth and cryptozoology.


Artist's website

Barnabas Fritz di Bara
acrylic on panel, 10 x 8
Sister Ursula
acrylic on panel, 10 x 8

Artist's statement

I've been asked more than a few times what led me to paint animals wearing clothing. There is no simple answer. I think I've been working my way towards this subject matter for longer than I can pinpoint. Studying the art of the Renaissance in college cemented a love for the exquisite detail, symbolic inclusions, lush color and dramatic depictions of this era in art history--especially its portraiture. A love for animals and the warmth and wisdom in their facial expressions goes back to childhood. Combining these two interests seemed as natural as can be. Renaissance portraiture was a tool for conveying the nobility and dignity of the sitters. In portraying animals in historic costume and setting, I hope to convey the inherent dignity that they embody. I do not intend to anthropomorphize them, but rather create a way for us to view them through a fresh lens and acknowledge their wild intelligence and worth as unique living creatures."

Svetlana
acrylic on panel, 10 x 8
The Wallace
acrylic on panel, 10 x 8
Reynard
acrylic on panel, 10 x 8