Joan Baldwin: Unkempt Gardens

December 5-30, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:30-8:00 pm
Artist's Reception: Saturday, December 29, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm

  • Joan Baldwin

    Gatekeeper, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches, 2018.

  • Joan Baldwin

    Seeing the Light, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches, 2018.

    Seeing the Light
  • Joan Baldwin

    Hunter Gatherer, oil on canvas/collage, 28 x 36 inches, 2017.

    Hunter Gatherer
  • Joan Baldwin

    The Theater, oil on canvas, 28 x 36 inches, 2017.

    The Theater
  • Joan Baldwin

    Garden Curiosities, oil on canvas, 60 x 51 inches, 2018.

    Garden Curiosities
  • Joan Baldwin

    The Magic Tree, oil on canvas, 40 x 52 inches, 2018.

    The Magic Tree
  • Joan Baldwin

    Uncle Vanya, oil on canvas board behind frame 16 x 11.5 inches, 2018.

    Uncle Vanya

Press Release
Artist Page
"Joan Baldwin: Unkempt Gardens and Chris Maliga: Lamenting Echo." Kingston Blog, December 13, 2019.

The inspiration for Joan Baldwin's latest series, Unkempt Gardens, are the stories and histories developed when gardens are left to be in their natural states. The imaginary spirits of ancient civilizations lingering in the gardens have become her subjects. Within the lush settings Baldwin creates a mood with mythical figures, statuary and gargoyles designed to delight and bring history alive. Interspersed with the large paintings are small portraits in frames that are part of the collection though seem simultaneously independent. Baldwin's portraits, with names implying that they are family members, were influenced by the gargoyles she saw on churches and buildings while in Southern Italy in 2017. Though the gargoyles were originally intended to be frightening and ward off evil spirits, the personified portraits seem comical in their new environment and interact with their lush counterparts in unexpected ways.

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