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Megan Read

Evanesce (The Comeback Kid)

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7,000 - 10,000 USD

Lot Details


Megan Elizabeth Read

b. 1982

Evanesce (The Comeback Kid)

oil on linen mounted to aluminum in artist's chosen frame

24 by 18 in.

61 by 45.7 cm.

Executed in 2022.

From the artist, with Arcadia Contemporary, with Art Renewal Center 2022

"As I was working on this painting I had two different concepts that I felt it embodied and I would vacillate between the two depending on the day, hence the two names. The first was simply about slowly disappearing from the world without a trace. About a feeling of a tenuous tie to this place, this life, and questioning whether it has ever truly been a reality. But as I worked there were moments when I felt that it was actually about being reconstituted, or resurrected, about forming a new self from nothing. So it's also a portrait of that process and of this new being, that may never be completely whole. In the end I felt both were right and the combination simply represents this fluctuation, or tide, that is part of being. We break apart, and rebuild, and somehow keep going."

Megan (Mae) Elizabeth Read is an American figurative artist living and working in Charlottesville, Virginia. Largely self-taught, she began as a charcoal and pencil artist but now works almost exclusively in oil with pieces ranging from small still life to large scale figurative paintings, often featuring the female form. Since Read began focusing on painting, her work has been exhibited internationally with galleries and museums including the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, WI, Arcadia Contemporary, NYC, NY, Abend Gallery, Denver, CO, 33 Contemporary, Chicago, IL, Salmagundi Club, NYC, NY, Dacia Gallery, NYC, NY, Principle Gallery, Charleston, SC, James Baird Gallery, Newfoundland, Canada, Bantierra Palace, Zaragoza, Spain, Studio 211, Charlottesville, VA, Gallery Red, Mallorca, Spain, and the Beinart Gallery, Brunswick, Australia. Her work is held in numerous collections, including the Bennett Collection of Women Realists and the permanent collection at the New Salem Museum. She has been included in a long list of publications including, The Guide Artists, American Art Collector, Bold Brush, Artwalk Magazine, Fine Art Connoisseur, International Artist, Poets and Artists Magazine, Beautiful and Bizzarre Magazine, and the C-ville weekly among others. She has also received notable awards including 1st place for Imaginative Realism in the 14th International Art Renewal Center Salon and Director’s Choice at the 2020 International Guild of Realism Juried Exhibition.