Aurora Highlands Foliage and Arlington Landscapes
On Exhibit at Central Library, December 2012
Using only palette knives and paint straight from the tube, Ann Marie Coolick is an impasto painter focusing on contemporary landscapes. Relying primarily on memory, Ann Marie’s recent body of work references natural elements and infrastructure, including visual enlargements of foliage from her neighborhood, the historic Aurora Highlands in Arlington, Virginia. She slathers frosting-like paint layer upon layer onto her small-scale canvases, with paint running off the edges resulting in a sculptural, three-dimensional appearance. Inspired by expressionist artists Joan Mitchell, Frank Auerbach, and Hans Hofmann, Ann Marie considers her style a blend of expressionism and impressionism.
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