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Michelle Eissler


I am an oil painter who lets intuition and interpretation guide the imagery and composition of my work. From a mass of random lines, washes and texture on canvas, I seek and develop my images and their relationship to each other through continuity of line. Each contour and shape connects to form the whole and a theme or narrative slowly begins to emerge. With a surrealistic undertone, the work ultimately becomes an allegorical tale which encourages the viewer to interpret what they see.

As this current series of work progresses, I am exploring the relationship of colour as it relates to the movement that is created within the composition. The subtle transformations of tonal value and a use of complemental colour creates a decorative and faceted version of reality. The discernment of shapes becomes more challenging and the focal point becomes less distinct. This underscores the ambiguous imagery and the paintings’ surrealistic quality.