The abstract faces appear to be calmly resting or deep in thought yet, there is a deliberate emotional ambiguity to the work: the serene expressions may conceal an inner world of strong emotions.
I move swiftly, with almost calligraphic brush strokes, to capture the essence of my subjects. Wide brushes loaded with paint in my quest for simplification of form and smaller brushes for necessary detail. The process is part of the finished painting and I will regularly work across multiple canvases, in order to preserve gestural freshness.
My work is informed by the historical narrative of figurative painting (Matisse, Picasso, Katz, Parks and Peyton) and draws on gestural abstract expressionism together with the influence of Japanese brush painting.

 

Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
RD III
Oil on canvas
24 x 18
Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
Shadow I
Oil on canvas
30 x 26
Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
Lolling
Oil on canvas
18 x 24
Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
Cape Cod
Oil on canvas
46 x 40
Katharine Dufault Figure oil on canvas
Teen Telephone
oil on canvas
34 x 46
Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
Lolling II
Oil on canvas
36 x 48
Katharine Dufault Figure oil on canvas
Guitar Player
oil on canvas
34 x 44

Two figures seated
Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
Cape Cod II
Oil on canvas
18 x 24
Katharine Dufault Figure oil on canvas
Telephone V
2015
oil on canvas
20 x 24
Katharine Dufault Figure oil on canvas
Teen Telephone
oil on canvas
20 x 16
Katharine Dufault Figure oil on canvas
Teen Telephone
oil on canvas
18 x 18
Katharine Dufault Figure oil on canvas
Shadow II
oil on canvas
18 x 18
Katharine Dufault Figure Oil on canvas
Ice Cream
Oil on canvas
20 x 16
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