Oil on panel


20" x 20" x 1.5"




I make paintings to simplify immediate visual surroundings. They are inspired by familiar indoor scenes of cast shadows from house plants, patterns coincidentally matching, the grid of window frames, to shapes of flowers, blueberries, or birthday cakes. I believe many people are attracted to these visual moments and my paintings provide an opportunity to revisit them. Using a photo reference or memory, I create casual marks, flattened fields of color, and invented light and shadow to break down the recognizable into something ambiguous yet familiar. When these paintings are not recognized by their initial inspiration they can be admired purely by their patterns, subtle color shifts, and illusions of light and flatness. The remaining abstraction is where we may find unexpected curiosity or joy. I want to share the value of contemporary abstract painting; that a particular balance of line and form can create compelling compositions, or how a minimal shape of paint can feel sweet or funny.
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About this Artist

Claire Stankus

Claire Stankus was born and raised in the suburbs of Albany, NY. She earned a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University and earned her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Connecticut. She has attended artist residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA, Vermont Studio Center, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Claire exhibits widely around the northeastern states and across Virginia. Most recently she was granted a Virginia Visual Artist Emergency Relief Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and is currently working on a newer body of abstract paintings.
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