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Exhibition: Lee Essex Doyle: Chimera From July 11, 2019 To August 30, 2019 At Childs Gallery

Lee Essex Doyle: Chimera

Press Release:

Influenced by the artist’s extensive travels through India, Africa, and Europe, Lee Essex Doyle’s miniature jewel-like paintings capture fleeting glimpses of the world. Through mastery of color and rhythm, she expertly depicts landscapes and interiors layered with patterns, textures, and vibrant hues. Essex Doyle’s latest Chimera series reveals her remarkable ability to encapsulate the very essence of a place, whether it be the cerulean domes of Santorini or the lace-like marble of the Taj Mahal.

As an avid traveler, Essex Doyle finds inspiration in the art and architecture of each new location and culture she encounters. Architectural elements – arcades, screens, domes, minarets – combine with ornate pattern and vibrant color to give an authentic sense of place.

The artist’s travels are dedicated to gathering material for her work through photographs, site drawings, and visual observation. Back home in her studio, she pieces these together with her own memories and impressions of a place. For the artist, “A finished painting is the act of fixing in time an impression of millions of feelings, thoughts, images, and longing and like all memories there are so many versions that are true.”

The blending of imagery and pattern, memory and record, ties perfectly into the series title, Chimera. In mythology, the Chimera was a fire-breathing amalgamative monster with the body of a lion, a goat’s head protruding from its back, and a serpent for a tail. In modern usage, a chimera can also refer to either a biological organism composed of at least two genetically different kinds of tissue, or a wild and unrealistic dream or idea. Essex Doyle’s combining of architecture, decoration, memories, and visual records create pictorial chimeras: hybrids of color, pattern, and location. They are illusory images of real-world places; whimsical scenes crafted within the mind of the artist taken from various sources.

However fanciful the artist’s gem-like paintings may be, they are grounded in reality, based upon places to which she has traveled and the audience may hope to visit. Even the intricate overlaying patterns adorning each work reference textiles, stonework, and other architectural elements associated with each location. Essex Doyle enlivens her paintings with the sense memory of every artisan responsible in creating the extraordinary villages, temples, palaces, and cloisters she captures. Combining their artistry with her own, Essex Doyle further heightens the chimera effect of her worldly paintings.

Colorful and dreamlike, the work of Lee Essex Doyle offers glimpses of far off locales that feel iconic yet tangible. Even if one has never been to the Greek Isles, India, or wherever the artist has found herself, the locations are instantly recognizable, not just through architecture alone, but also the feeling Essex Doyle imparts upon her work. The hues, the patterns, the buildings all harmonize into a sense of location and presence, palpable whether one is personally familiar with the place or not. In her miniature paintings, the artist creates miniature worlds, intimately felt through thoughtfully layered compositions that capture the elements which make a destination memorable.

The artist will be present at the opening reception, held Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8pm.

On exhibit until August 30th, 2019
By Lee Essex Doyle: Amalfi Blue At Childs GalleryQuick View
2512×24IN.
Amalfi Blue
By Lee Essex Doyle: Hockney's View Ii At Childs GalleryQuick View
26×2312IN.
Hockney's View II
By Lee Essex Doyle: Bethesda By The Sea At Childs GalleryQuick View
26×2312IN.
$6,000
Bethesda-by-the-Sea
By Lee Essex Doyle: Blooms Over Vaulted Ceiling At Childs GalleryQuick View
2534×24IN.
$6,000
Blooms Over Vaulted Ceiling
By Lee Essex Doyle: Looking Toward Marina Piccola At Childs GalleryQuick View
2512×2312IN.
$6,000
Looking Toward Marina Piccola
By Lee Essex Doyle: Motif 1 Lavender Gray At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×12IN.
$2,600
Motif 1 Lavender Gray
By Lee Essex Doyle: Rockport Pier At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×12IN.
$2,600
Rockport Pier
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Rockport Harbor At Childs GalleryQuick View
12×12IN.
$2,600
Rockport Harbor
By Lee Essex Doyle: Cerulean Stars At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,400
Cerulean Stars
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Reflections At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Reflections
By Lee Essex Doyle: Minaret Afterglow At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Minaret Afterglow
By Lee Essex Doyle: Matisse Visited Me In My Dream On Capri At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Matisse Visited Me in
By Lee Essex Doyle: Bougainvillia At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Bougainvillia
By Lee Essex Doyle: Palazzo Peonies At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Palazzo Peonies
By Lee Essex Doyle: Izmir At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Izmir
By Lee Essex Doyle: Leading Passage At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Leading Passage
By Lee Essex Doyle: Echoes Of India At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Echos of India
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Cloistered Sea At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
Cloistered Sea
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: St. Andrew Dreaming At Childs GalleryQuick View
8×8IN.
$2,400
St. Andrew Dreaming
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Mykonos Memories At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Mykonos Memories
By Lee Essex Doyle: Illumination At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Illumination
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Minaret Memories At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Minaret Memories
By Lee Essex Doyle: Dappled Reflections At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Dappled Reflections
By Lee Essex Doyle: Echoes At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Echos
By Lee Essex Doyle: Rajastan Dream At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Rajastan Dream
By Lee Essex Doyle: Cloister Of Paradise At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Cloister of Paradise
By Lee Essex Doyle: The Echo Of Arches At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
The Echo of Arches
By Lee Essex Doyle: Santorini Blues At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Santorini Blues
By Lee Essex Doyle: Hearing Calypso's Call At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Hearing Calypso's Call
By Lee Essex Doyle: Saracen At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Saracen
By Lee Essex Doyle: Dulcinea's Windmills At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Dulcinea's Windmills
By Insert: Where St. Andrew Sleeps At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Where St. Andrew Sleeps
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Beach Club Umbrellas At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Beach Club Umbrellas
By Lee Essex Doyle: Vaulted Amalfi At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Vaulted Amalfi
Mixed Media By Night Sirens: Night Sirens At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Night Sirens
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Santorini Sky At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Santorini Sky
By Lee Essex Doyle: Pink Taj At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Pink Taj
Mixed Media By Lee Essex Doyle: Mediterranean Night At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Mediterranean Night
By Lee Essex Doyle: Blue Sirens Call At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Blue Sirens Call
By Lee Essex Doyle: Celestial Arches At Childs GalleryQuick View
6×6IN.
$2,200
Celestial Arches
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