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Kaleidoscopic Nature Paintings by Renée Duval

A mirrored painting of a sparse tree with white flowersSiddartha, oil on canvas

Featured artist Renée Duval creates philosophical, kaleidoscopic nature paintings with trees as a common motif. Renée is currently based in Montreal, Quebec.

A screen capture of Renee Duval's art

The artist’s most recent series of paintings in her portfolio is entitled Gods and Monsters. Fittingly, most of the works in this gallery take their names from figures in various religions and mythologies. Taking a single tree or plant as her subject, Renée creates a mirror image of the leaves and branches so that the canvas is symmetrically split down the middle. Combined with the neutral sky background in most of the works, the effect is subtle enough to create a painting that seems just slightly off-kilter and unreal.


A painting of some tree branches hanging over a dark skyIt Used To Be, oil on canvas

Previous tree-based paintings by Renée are more visually straightforward. Titles in the form of temporal turns of phrase add an extra layer of meaning to the images of trees shown at upward angles against angry-looking skies. A few of these works focus solely on the clouds, reminding me of the painting works of Ian Fisher


A painting of some clouds on a blue skyIdle Speculation No 4, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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