Watergate Gallery Presents Anamario Hernandez To Limn the Unseen

By Editorial Team on April 2, 2019
Anamario Hernandez, Jilotepec oil on linen 18×14. Courtesy of Watergate Gallery.
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Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6 from 5pm to 7pm
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Meet the Artist: Wednesday, April 17, 6-7:30pm

“Time and space define my paintings. They are driven by an internal desire to capture the instant of a particular moment. As when the light sets in and surprises us with the unseen. Balance and symbolism also linger in each of my paintings.” – Anamario Hernandez

By choosing to follow in the long tradition of still life painting, Anamario Hernandez consummately reinterprets and combines Western European and Latin America tableaux and influences. Hernandez strives to depict the essence of the objects she carefully selects and renders. But, there is often a subversive element not always readily apparent. Yet there is nothing that is inadvertent, each brush stroke is intentional and deliberate, each hue perfectly complementing the next. By manipulating the density of the paint, Hernández’ oils reveal the textural quality of the linen and it is used as a counterpoint to the deceptive simplicity of the forms, frequently in conjunction with a monochromatic palette.

This is the paradox inherent in Hernández’ depictions. It requires (as does a Morandi painting) close inspection to perceive the subtleties of these objects bathed in light, imbued with both historical meaning and personal history, evinced by the symbolism of the setting – framed by a window or framed within a painted niche – to evoke memories. The apparent limitation of the stasis required by this subject matter does not confine the artist, who infuses it with autobiographical meanings expressing complex feelings rooted in personal experiences.
Vivienne M. Lassman – Independent Curator

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday through Friday: 10am to 6pm
  • Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
  • or by appointment

Watergate Gallery is located at 2552 Virginia Ave. NW. For more information visit www.watergategalleryframedesign.com or call 202.338.4488.