Groveland Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of new paintings by Minneapolis artist, Carolyn Brunelle. Brunelle, a native Minnesotan currently maintains a studio in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. She has exhibited throughout the state for 30 years and her work is included in numerous private and local corporate collections including Stinson Leonard Street, Piper Jaffray, Ameriprise Financial, Travelers, Wells Fargo and Plymouth Church.
Brunelle’s abstract images are richly colored and loosely painted. In her latest series of paintings abstract forms allude to a variety of subjects from birds to dancers and evoke a sense of movement and rhythm. Brunelle employs a technique that requires applying multiple layers of paint to the canvas, followed by sanding and scraping away paint to reveal multiple layers of pigment and varied textures. The resulting paintings embody an intentionality that belies their rigorous and rough handling “My work is a combination of plan, chance and imagination,” she writes. “I layer paint, then sand or scrape the surface to see what is revealed. I aim to create a subconscious connection between experimentation and artistic judgement. It is an act of faith.”