Sarah McEneaney

Studio Living

October 16 – November 22, 2014

Press Release

The gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of egg tempera and acrylic paintings completed over the last two years. The exhibition marks the artist’s fifth with the gallery.

Documenting her daily life and often intimate experiences, McEneaney’s paintings use rich, vivid colors and intricate detail. The artist records domestic scenes from the everyday: sketching in her studio, napping, reading the newspaper, or hanging out with her cats and her dog. There is a series of works she completed at the Joan Mitchell artist residency in New Orleans, both of her studio and of the stucco townhouses with their lace-like iron work façades.

The artist has said of her work:

"My paintings are autobiographical narrative. They describe and retell life experience, physically, using people, animals and objects in both interior and exterior spaces. I paint looking out from within and back inside from my particular place in the world. My aim is to be honest and straightforward in the subject matter I choose and in how I paint it; to make the personal universal."

McEneaney received a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied at Philadelphia College of the Arts. Her work has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions including the Delaware Art Museum, Moore College of Art and Design, and a retrospective at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. She has had numerous exhibitions both in New York and Philadelphia, where she has lived and worked for many years. She was awarded a Purchase Prize from the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York. She has been awarded artist residency at the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Her works were recently acquired by the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.