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Kathleen E. Migliore-Newton
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I am primarily interested in painting or drawing the figure. Each subject raises a series of questions. How realistic will the painting be? How does the image relate to the two-dimensional surface? What does the physical appearance or a gesture reveal about a person's interior life? Many of my canvases are peopled with characters that I observe in the urban environment. Living in New York City, I am witness to the arrival of immigrants, and the human panorama of people of diverse cultures going about their daily lives. E.B. White writes that the collision and intermingling of these millions of foreign-born people representing so many races and creeds, make New York a permanent exhibit of the phenomenon of one world. One can choose to interact or walk the streets anonymously. I am interested in figures moving across the geometry of the City, or the life in the subways. I also began a series of paintings and drawings of people relating to artwork in museums, at times channeling the art they are looking at.
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  • Bus Stop
    2015
    oil paint on linen
    30"h x 64.5"w
    While people wait for a bus they are connecting...or not.

  • Alone Together
    2015
    oil paint on linen
    45"w x 37.5"h
    Passengers on the subway.

  • Subterranean
    2015
    oil paint on linen
    35"w x 50"h
    I tried to capture the movement of figures passing on a subway platform, adding to a dematerialization of the forms.

  • Two Men on the Subway
    2015
    oil paint on linen
    48"w x 36"h
    The two men are involved in their own world. My interest is in their natural physical attitudes and the color of reflections.

  • A Walk in the Park
    2015
    oil paint on linen
    40"h x 30"w
    The figure invites us into the composition and into the park.

  • Connections
    2014
    Oil on canvas
    42" x 29"
    People on a subway platform. They move and play off the architecture.

  • Still Moving
    2011
    Oil on canvas
    28" x 38"
    Figures on a subway platform.

  • Stranger
    2008
    oil paint on canvas
    56" x 40"
    Walt Whitman was a great walker and observer of the people in the City. His poem was part of a poetry in motion project. The words appear in my painting: Stranger, And why should I not speak to you?

  • Santa Maria Novella
    2014
    Oil on canvas
    28" x 3&"
    Florence's stones.

  • Stones of Florence
    2013
    Oil on canvas
    28" x 55"
    Inspired by a trip to Florence and the book by Mary McMarthy that imagines the stones telling the history of Florence.

  • 21st Century Goya
    2008
    Oil on canvas
    31" x 43"
    People looking at art, and I looking at them. I am attracted to the dialogue between the figures in the art and in the viewer.

  • Self Portrait
    2006
    Oil on canvas
    31" x 37"
    I always loved this self portrait of this female artist, dressed in a beautiful gown and hat. It contrasts with the contemporary male figure passing by.

  • A Moment
    2006
    oil on linen
    37" x 50.5"
    The movement in the painting is, for me, reflected in the movement of the woman walking away from the painting.

  • Students
    2010
    oil on canvas
    39" x 58"
    Art students at the Metropolitan Museum.

  • Exhibitionist
    2006
    charcoal on paper
    22" x 30"
    Drawing of people in different time frames in the gallery with Valezquez painting.

  • Art History
    2008
    charcoal on paper
    22" x 30"
    A student of art history, and a reflection of different time frames.

  • At the Louvre
    2008
    pastel on paper
    22" x 30"
    For me the people are observed as they look at the art.

  • Flamenco
    2012
    oil paint on linen
    28" x 39"
    A kind of portrait of a friend and flamenco enthusiast.

  • Mark Rylance as Olivia
    2014
    Charcoal and pastel on paper
    30"h x 22"w
    I was so inspired by the all-male performance of Much Ado About Nothing and Rylance's performance. I like the sexual ambiguity and his interpretation of what a female is through dress and gesture

  • Red Head
    2011
    oil paint on a panel
    9" x 12"
    From a series of paintings of children.

  • Summertime
    2009
    oil on canvas
    41" x 40"
    Painting that emphasizes the pattern of the light and color is used for expressive purposes.

  • Ava in Orange
    2015
    oil paint on board
    12"h x 9"w
    A portrait of a child to capture the attitude and movement.
 








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