Details:

This landscape painting depicts a mountain range with clouds and stars hovering above; peering through the sky are two eyes, as if there were slits in the scene that allowed someone to peer through the canvas.
Framed: 16.8 x 12.8 x 1.0 in.
Signed

① Artwork:

The Mountain

This landscape painting depicts a mountain range with clouds and stars hovering above; peering through the sky are two eyes, as if there were slits in the scene that allowed someone to peer through the canvas. This work is an experiment on the absorbency of linen. The artist very lightly primed the material of the canvas to allow the texture and character of the linen to show through—rather than the texture of the paint.

Klein employs classic surrealist tactics in paintings that address the fuzzy edges of memory. The artist's work depicts scenes that resist a single narrative interpretation. Klein's compositions develop a general feeling of tension, featuring central figures that are just out of reach—as if partially obscured behind a layer of frosted glass. The artist's use of both loose painterly brushwork and tightly rendered sections adds an immediacy to the unfolding situations in her work. The results are scenes that allude to moments lodged in our subconscious, despite having lasted for only a split second in reality. In Klein's paintings, Sphinx-like creatures send subliminal messages, while mournful dogs and horses lie wistfully or in the throes of panic. The artist's work pushes viewers just past their comfort zone, exploring when events spin out of control.

Specs:

12 inches
16 inches
with frame
12.75 inches
16.75 inches

③ Artist:

Rae Klein

Rae Klein's paintings depict the fuzzy edges of memory, creating tense scenes where the central figure is just out of reach. Drawing from surrealist techniques, the artist creates immediacy in her work by employing loose, painterly brushwork alongside tightly rendered sections. Klein’s narrative compositions resist a single interpretation and push viewers just past their comfort zone—exploring how events slip out of our control.

Rae Klein:
The Mountain, 2022
Oil on linen
16.0 × 12.0 inches /