Inspired by a trip to Moscow in 1984 this strange painting captures a layered scene which includes a woman napping on a settee, an outdoor scene with people walking through snow, and The Kremlin in Moscow.  Beth Foley's memory of the time recalls
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Beth Foley
Dreaming of Jeans in the Former Soviet Union, 1984 - Oil Painting by Beth Foley

2016

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Inspired by a trip to Moscow in 1984 this strange painting captures a layered scene which includes a woman napping on a settee, an outdoor scene with people walking through snow, and The Kremlin in Moscow. Beth Foley's memory of the time recalls that everybody she met, upon learning that she was American, asked her if she would get a pair of jeans for them. Beth Foley Dreaming of Jeans in the Former Soviet Union oil on panel 16h x 16w in Beth Foley Artist Statement People often describe me as a narrative painter. It's easy to understand why: Every painting I've ever done has included people, who I almost always put in some sort of strange, awkward, or ominous situation. Most of the time I capture a moment that occurs somewhere between the onset of a problem and its resolution. In fact, while the literary quality of my work can't be missed, where the things I depict will lead is as much a mystery to me as to anyone else. Mystery, more than revelation, is what piques my curiosity. Each painting takes a great deal of time to complete. Working on panels, I begin with a pencil drawing, over which I apply very thin successive coats of paint, from a dark initial shade through progressively lighter ones. It takes a long time and a great deal of attention, but in the end this approach gives me great control of nuance and allows me to bring each image to crystal clarity. I am a realist but not a photo-realist. It is my intention to depict the character an object or a person, to reveal what makes it unique, which for me is quite different from reproducing images only as they appear.

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    New
  • Dimensions
    H 16 in. x W 16 in.H 40.64 cm x W 40.64 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU55431677653
  • Seller Reference Number
    BF0001
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