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SOLO EMERALD AWARD


"NUANCED STILL LIFE"
BY
DEBORAH KOMMALAN

OCTOBER 2020

 
 

FALL(ING) HARVEST - Oil on panel - 11 X 14 inches - SOLD



JUROR COMMENTARY

"This portfolio of still life paintings is a thrilling departure from the standard.  Objects spill and tumble off tables creating alarm, immediacy, impending noise and a promised mess on the floor if the viewer fails to catch them in time. The disruptive activity and playful energy wake up this somber category which ordinarily depicts silent gatherings of resolute and static articles.  Here the inanimate get started and come alive from an invisible cause which forever escapes capture.  Each dramatic work is fresh and distinctive yet meets the criteria necessary to maintain membership in this exclusive and sensational collection." -- GALLERY RING  

ARTIST STATEMENT
"In this series I work in the tenebrist style of darks and lights resulting in strong and interesting shadows.  Shadows are necessary; they anchor objects in place.  A complex shadow is as much a part of a composition as an object itself.  By manipulating shadows I can play with your perception of a classical still life; I want objects to have implied movement.  I call these paintings “kinetic”.  I try to show a visual pun and often enhance them with just the right title, which is best when it’s amusing.  My aim is to give you pause… and make you think and smile."
-- DEBORAH KOMMALAN


BIOGRAPHY
Deborah Kommalan lives and works in Pasadena, Maryland.  She graduated from MICA in 1970 but did not start her painting career until 2007 when she began studying painting at Anne Arundel Community College.  She continues studies annually at Ani Art Academy Waichulis in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  She is represented by McBride Gallery in Annapolis, MD, and Tim Faulkner Gallery in Louisville, KY and shows often at MFA Circle Gallery in Annapolis as well as Crystal Moll Gallery in Baltimore.  She has won many awards in these and other venues and her works can be found in many private and corporate collections.  A greatly-enlarged giclée of one of her works is on permanent display at BWI Airport in Maryland.

 
 

SUNFLOWERS FOR STEVE - Oil on panel - 11 x 14 inches - Not for sale


CONGRATULATIONS

DEBORAH KOMMALAN

deborah@deborahkommalan.com
www.deborahkommalan.com

 
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