RE­BECCA GUAY ex­poses the se­crets be­hind her unashamedly ro­man­tic art­work

ImagineFX - - Inspiration | Books - re­becca guay Re­becca’s early work com­prised art­work for RPGs, card games, comics and chil­dren’s books. She’s since moved to­wards more gallery-led work, with large pieces cre­ated in oils. See her art at www.re­becca­guay.com.

Red Sugar is a 48x60-inch fixed dip­tych in oil and 23K gold leaf, on two can­vases. It’s a very per­sonal work that was shown at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery back in Au­gust. The paint­ing ex­plores the ideas of sen­su­al­ity and sur­re­al­ism that have been cen­tral themes in all of my work since I made the shift to gallery work in 2011.

I drew the art­work in graphite and pow­dered graphite and wa­ter over can­vas, which had been ges­soed and sanded mul­ti­ple time to achieve a smooth sur­face. I then worked in oil to com­plete the fi­nal piece. I wanted to con­vey the sen­su­al­ity of the em­brac­ing fig­ures in a dream-like en­vi­ron­ment while de­pict­ing the weight and the grav­ity of the metal­lic in the gold. Thus there are two con­trast­ing as­pects: the heav­i­ness of the gold ver­sus the fleet­ing qual­ity of the em­brace. My fig­ures are drift­ing over a graphic and bar­ren yet beau­ti­ful land­scape be­low, which again un­der­lines the sur­real flight of pas­sion.

Red Sugar is an un­abashedly ro­man­tic piece that I painted in earnest and with­out irony. But I be­lieve it ex­ists be­yond its sur­face beauty. My hope is that there’s emo­tional com­plex­ity on show as well: com­plex­ity in the dark and the light of the piece, the grip of the fig­ures, the in­ten­sity of their bod­ies, the hands and faces, the grav­ity of the em­brace – within the float­ing, sur­real world.

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