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Heather Guertin

Heather Guertin's artistic practice is grounded in observation, and the sensibility that a deeply imaginative expression lies latent within it.  

The genesis for Guertin’s newest body of oil paintings begins as a series of collages she creates from the pages of scientific journals, discarded books and magazines. Guertin uses these collages as a guide, translating the colors, textures, and forms from these found images into a pictorial language that she combines to ecstatic and exuberant effect.

Heather Guertin, Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2021

Heather Guertin
not yet titled, 2021
Oil on canvas
28 x 24 inches

Heather Guertin
not yet titled, 2021
Oil on canvas
28 x 24 inches

Heather Guertin
not yet titled, 2021
Oil on canvas
28 x 24 inches

Heather Guertin
not yet titled, 2021
Oil on canvas
28 x 24 inches

Heather Guertin, Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2021

Her mark-making throughout the paintings, and sometimes within one painting itself, can take many forms: a kind of textured pointillism, with dabs of paint physically protruding from the surface; broad-brushed continuous strokes of thickly applied, opaque oil paint that which create a sense of flatness; Squiggly zig-zags that feel almost like glitches on a digital screen. Her paintings are a riot of color, form and texture, and their compositions depict energetic shifts in tension, space, frequency and rhythm, much like the Orphist works of Sonia Delaunay, whose paintings were a reference point for Guertin.

Heather Guertin
not yet titles, 2021
Oil on canvas
36 x 30 inches

Heather Guertin, Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2021

Heather Guertin
Windows, 2021
Oil on canvas
18 x 15in

Heather Guertin
Breather, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches

Heather Guertin
Three Women, 2021
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches

Although Guertin’s paintings are abstractions, her compositions often convey a sense of recognizability—though not necessarily to their source imagery. Some compositions feel biomorphic, and others architectural. One may resemble the passing lights of cars on a freeway at dusk, and another looks like the marquee of an old theater aglow in lights. What we think we see within the paintings is a creation of our mind’s eye.

Heather Guertin, Installation view, JDJ, Garrison, NY, 2021

Heather Guertin
Wires, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches

Heather Guertin
Steps, 2020
Oil on canvas
18 x 15 inches

Heather Guertin
Sonia, 2021
Oil on canvas
18 x 15in

Heather Guertin
Wash, 2020
Oil on Canvas
14 x 12 inches

Heather Guertin
Luzzus, 2020
Oil on Canvas
14 x 12 inches

Heather Guertin
Atlas, 2020
Oil on Canvas
14 x 12 inches

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