Kathryn MacNaughton | Between Digital and Raw

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About Kathryn MacNaughton

Kathryn MacNaughton was born in 1985 in Toronto, Canada. She graduated from Ontario Faculty of Artwork and Design in 2007 and at the moment lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal. 

Kathryn incorporates figurative portray with a mix of summary expressionism, and geometric abstraction into one poetical view. All this, along with the nonetheless life, has been flattened, to face the frontal view of the canvas. The pc display screen is the place these items start to form, whereas the canvas stays the analog method of the painter’s hand.

MacNaughton beforehand certified as a graphic designer and at the moment employs her digital abilities to her profit. When analyzing her work, digitalized phrases resembling masking and layering are widespread.

Armoured (2022), Acrylic on Canvas, 120x120cm
Alpha (2022), Acrylic on Canvas, 150x120cm
Figured Out (2020), acrylic on wooden, 76x61cm

Between Digital and Uncooked

“I needed my digital work to look uncooked and handmade. Now that I create ‘bodily’ work, I wish to give the phantasm that the work is digital”, Kathryn says.

Digital and technical ideas go together with extra romantic tendencies: dances throughout a defined silhouette, guiding the viewer’s eye across the 2D curves as one guides the finger throughout a map.

The work concurrently suggests femininity, as curves play shadow methods, showing as vessels that information the attention. But additionally, the masculine: the austerity and monolithic qualities of form, kind, and line. We see references from Robert Morris to Georgia O’Keefe; Diebenkorn to DiChirico. 

Swerve (2019), Acrylic on Canvas, 60×72
Untitled 1 (2022), oil on canvas, 130x160cm
Untitled 3 (2022), oil on canvas, 120x90cm
Centrefold (2022), Acrylic on Canvas, 150x170cm


MacNaughton’s has a forthcoming solo exhibition with BEERS, scheduled for October 2023.

Go right here to go to her web site or observe her on Instagram right here.


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