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‘Modern Frescoes’ Present Luminous Women in Layers of Translucent Pigment by Ali Cavanaugh

July 31, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

St. Louis-based artist Ali Cavanaugh paints dreamlike watercolors of female subjects on wet clay panels. She refers to her works as "modern frescos," due to their similarity to the fresco-secco style of painting, and the luminosity she creates through a method of layering translucent pigments on bright white surfaces. In each portrait Cavanaugh aims to paint the minute details of her subject's physical appearance, while also evoking a "tender unseen presence that transcends understanding in the depth of a soul." Her work is currently included in the group exhibition Painting the Figure Now at the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art in…

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Contemplative Works by Ali Cavanaugh Consider Vulnerability and the Sublime Through Watercolor

January 20, 2022

Grace Ebert

Through delicate washes of peach, aqua, and smoky gray, St. Louis-based artist Ali Cavanaugh (previously) renders watercolor portraits that lay her subjects' spirits bare. "I'm continually searching for something complex in human expression," she tells Colossal. "Curiosity, sadness, wonder, hesitation, peace, and acceptance all in one glance." Cavanaugh paints her dreamlike works on wet clay panels, allowing the bright backdrops to illuminate the translucent pigments. The resulting works are introspective and intimate while simultaneously harnessing the universal experience of the sublime. "I…

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Colossal & Sugarlift Present ‘Mother & Child Vol. II’ Exhibition Fundraiser in NYC Featuring 50+ Artists

June 21, 2019

Colossal

Colossal is thrilled to announce a joint fundraiser exhibition in New York with Sugarlift this July. Mother & Child Vol. II will raise funds for three non-profits helping with direct assistance and legal defense for families and children caught in the humanitarian crisis at the US/Mexico border. All proceeds from the sale of artworks donated by this outstanding group of contributing artists will be split between Kids in Need of Defense, The Young Center, and The Florence Project. The show will feature original artworks, prints, and drawings by Faith 47, Collin van…

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Mother & Child Vol. II Raises over $15,000 to Support Separated Immigrant Families

July 18, 2019

Laura Staugaitis

A heartfelt thanks to the 60+ contributing artists and hundreds of attendees all helped make Mother & Child Vol. II a huge success. The benefit gallery show, which we co-produced with Sugarlift, has raised over $15,000 and counting. 100% of proceeds will be split between three non-profits who provide direct aid and legal support to separated children and families at the U.S./Mexico Border. We are proud to help further the causes of Kids in Need of Defense, The Young Center, and The Florence Project, and couldn't have done it without the…

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