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Re­al­ist paint­ing can turn car­toon­ish—af­ter all, both are forms of hyper-rep­re­sen­ta­tion. For Stephanie Hier, a fi­nal­ist in the 2016 RBC Cana­dian Paint­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, the two styles over­lap and give back to each other. Her paint­ings bear the un­de­ni­able in­flu­ence of Dutch Real­ism, but stretch be­yond the tra­di­tional medium through the use of lumpy ce­ramic frames and tem­po­rary tat­toos. A painted clus­ter of fruit is over­laid with a lit­tle car­toon paint­brush, cheek­ily ges­tur­ing back to­ward painterly in­flu­ences. Ce­ramic car­toon gloves dot the floor, point­ing per­haps at an el­e­ment in a paint­ing, or per­haps in no par­tic­u­lar di­rec­tion. The Toronto-born, New York–based painter has ex­hib­ited widely in es­tab­lished gal­leries and un­con­ven­tional spa­ces, such as an empty store­front in Toronto’s Gal­le­ria Mall, and at Dead Horse Bay on the south shore of Brook­lyn. Whether they are hung on a gallery wall, on wooden rem­nants of an old pier or on un­fin­ished dry­wall, Hier’s paint­ings chal­lenge con­ven­tions as­so­ci­ated with two-di­men­sional im­ages. Stephanie Hier Hardly Feel Like a Mus­tard Seed 2017 Oil on linen 1.83 x 1.22 m COUR­TESY DOWNS AND ROSS, NEW YORK

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