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Nostalgic Lens: Painting by Edith Dora Rey

An oil and acrylic painting of a couple at their weddingComing Out, oil and acrylic on panel

Featured artist Edith Dora Rey works in a range of painted media. Edith’s paintings tend to have a single-subject focus, often seen through a slightly nostalgic lens, with the artist working in subdued colors reflect the look of photographs.


A painting of a deer, goat and chicken using bright primary colorsDeergoatchicken, acrylic and oil on wood panel, incised


Edith’s soft, blended style works differently with different subjects, producing a range of images from bright, playful imaginings to somber portraits.  The artist often utilizes a loose but realistic style in combination with a monochromatic background, combining aesthetics from multiple paintings disciplines.


A screen capture of Edith Dora Rey's art


I love the way Edith swaps soft neutral colors for loud primary colors in her Don’t Eat Your Friends series, which focuses in on the livestock industry. There’s a clear thread of love for animals throughout Edith’s portfolio – it reminds me of the work of Lesli Devito, particularly in Edith’s gallery of Dogs + Cats portraits. In her works that feature human figures, Edith’s paintings take on an interesting vintage aesthetic, as if she’s using old family photographs as reference. 


A painting of a black cat with white markingsBadBetty, oil on wood

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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