34 St Eloise

34 St Eloise, Oil, 16" x 20", 2008


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  Tracy Ginn

My paintings are an evolution, from complex land- and cityscapes to a voyeur's street gallery of arcane scenes witnessed in an ever-changing, urban environment. From the quirky lady with floppy, flowered sunhat and oversized handbag at the crosswalk to a street messenger swathed in colorful scarves skating down a bustling avenue, I'm passionate about capturing the simple psychology of everyday people in urban culture. The streets are a stage where my wacky "actors" from every corner of society model for the characters and styles behind my latest paintings.

All of my images are created using a Meglip glazing technique popular with Flemish and Renaissance painters. This painting style incorporates small amounts of color in clear glazes washed over selected areas of the artwork; a technique that enables me to capture a luminous color brilliance intrinsic to the beauty of this medium. For the most part, my paintings develop from Polaroid snapshots taken while living in New York City and San Francisco. The spontaneity of this relatively modern photo format, combined with the old school glazing technique, ignite a fluid hybrid of playful color--a gift that keeps me entertained and, hopefully, keeps the viewer in the act as well.


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