Nostalgic Lens: Painting by Edith Dora Rey
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.
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.
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.