Catherine Kehoe’s ‘Shape-Color-Light’ featured at Hamilton Gallery March 27-April 16

NEWPORT, R.I. – Catherine Kehoe’s oil paintings and works on paper from the last decade that explore “SHAPE - COLOR – LIGHT” will be on exhibit at Salve Regina University’s Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery from March 27 through April 16.

Free and open to the public, the exhibition kicks off with an opening reception and artist talk on Thursday, March 27 at the Gallery, located in the Antone Academic Center on Lawrence Avenue. The reception will run from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Gallery, and the artist talk will be presented from 6-7 p.m. in the room next door – the DiStefano Lecture Hall.

“SHAPE - COLOR – LIGHT” refers to Kehoe’s persistent study of light and its dynamic translation into color and shape. Visual acuity is central to her painting process. Through intense observation and precise paint handling, Kehoe recasts the still life and human figure as hard-edged networks of interlocking, painted planes. 

Kehoe’s small panel paintings draw the viewer into a vibrant and exacting microcosm of her world. Each is a lively experiment in pictorial construction, a compressed space where representation and abstraction compete for supremacy.

By contrast, Kehoe’s drawings in ink or charcoal feature a geometric armature of intersecting line. They reflect a commitment to measuring and mapping that’s essential to her analytical methodology.

Born in Hartford, Conn., Kehoe received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and MFA from the School of Visual Arts at Boston University. Her work has been exhibited extensively. She is represented by Miller Yezerski Gallery in Boston. 

She has received grants from the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Berkshire Taconic Artist’s Resource Trust.  She teaches painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and has taught drawing at Boston University School of Visual Arts.  She has also taught painting workshops at Art New England, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Washington Art Association, Cullowhee Mountain Arts, and at Civita Castellana in Italy.  More information on Catherine Kehoe and her work can be found at www.catherinekehoe.com.

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Gallery is handicap accessible with parking along Lawrence and Leroy avenues. Its exhibits are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.  The gallery is closed on Mondays.