Thursday, August 18, 2011

Artist #44: Heather Nevay

"Alchemists in an Industrial Landscape"
Oil on Board, 33 x 23 cm, 2010
Heather Nevay is an artist I found while trying to find inspiration for my doll artwork. And since then I've totally loved how absolutely creepy the sweet girl figures are in Nevay's paintings. Her website (from which I extracted the information about Nevay and her work as well as the images you can see) is here.
"Final Kiss"
Oil on Board, 10 x 8 inches, 2007
Nevay is an artist from Glasgow, Scotland. She studied and graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA in Art and Design in 1988. She has exhibited in solo shows in England and Scotland and in group exhibits in Europe and the United States.
"Study for Broken Doll"
Oil on Board, 7 x 7 inches, 2007

"The Perfumed Afternoon"
Oil on Board, 11 x 7 1/2 inches approx, 2008
Heather Nevay's paintings are not done for mere shock value, but hold strong psychological connections and much mythology which is personally created. She looks at children in their play and sees the duplicity of how it can be seen to adults and how it formulates who we later become. Toys are used for whatever the game requires and the child usually has great emotional investment in the game. These games also have a tendency to reinforce things like gender roles which effect a child greatly. ...All of these things interest Nevay and she explores these ideas in her artwork.
Oil on Board, 15 x 11 inches, 2007

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