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POSTPONED: Portrait Talk & Demonstration

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Registration is requested
Members Free and Non-members Free with admission ($10)


Portrait Talk & Demonstration

with Kim Gorrasi

In Boston Athenæum’s very first portrait-painting demonstration, Boston artist Kim Gorrasi will work in oil from a live model to share the principles of traditional portraiture. This exciting presentation is aimed at art-admirers, artists of all levels and anyone interested in watching a portrait come to life on canvas.

Summarizing the stages of her portrait painting process, Gorrasi will address key concepts used to capture a sitter’s likeness. Among these include initial proportion and placement, block-in of light and shadow shapes, and the perception of color notes.

Between sittings, Gorrasi will present the theme, “Books as Narration in Portraiture,” as seen in art history and in her own work. She will discuss how including books in a portrait composition recounts the sitter’s life story.

Kim Gorrasi’s portrait commissions reside in the collections of Harvard University, Bentley University and The Players Club of New York. Gorrasi received her training at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy and the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative Art in Manhattan. She earned her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in her native Boston, where she later became an instructor and lecturer. She has continued her studies at The Art Students League of New York under the instruction and mentorship of renowned portraitist and fine artist Everett Raymond Kinstler, painter of two official U.S. presidential White House portraits.

Her work has been represented nationally by such galleries as Richland Fine Art in Nashville, Metropolitan Gallery in Washington, D.C., Newbury Fine Arts in Boston and Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. She has exhibited at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City and Boston’s Copley Society of Art, of which she is a member. She is also a member of the Portrait Society of America. Her work has been featured in International Artist Magazine.

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