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Ann Craven

Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert / Allston Skirt Gallery

Two concurrent and complementary exhibitions of oil paintings from the past four years by Ann Craven attested to the artist’s masterful treatment of natural imagery. With these colorful works—made after a variety of sources, including bird paintings by Ed Ruscha and Ross Bleckner, deer canvases by Gustave Courbet and Gerhard Richter, vintage illustrated field guides, and still and digital photographs—Craven has invented a unique vocabulary that proves her a gifted animalier and a significant markmaker. Her recent juicily painted birds perched among hollyhocks, cymbidium orchids, and berries provided—despite the scenes’ Audubon-like arrangements—vehicles for the painter’s unconventional amplifications of scale, heightened colors, and deliberate blurring of focus and distortion of perspective.

Craven works in a variety of sizes that range from eleven by fourteen inches to

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