Jean Kigel’s new Back Cove Gallery opens with a show of Asian brush paintings titled “The Year of the Ox.” This exhibit will take place online and at the gallery, located at 1396 Back Cove Road in Waldoboro, throughout March.
Over the past decades, Kigel’s Asian brush paintings have received an overwhelming response both locally and in Canada. Her work has been featured widely, including at Rockland’s Archipelago, Newburyport’s Walsingham Gallery, Brunswick’s Tao Yuan Restaurant, and on the covers of three magazines. Her brush style is a combination of Chinese and Japanese technique, which she studied during her travels to these two countries.
In response to Covid-19 stay-at-home orders, Kigel has spent much of the past year painting a series of loose, bold brush paintings. Her signature piece, “Year of the Ox,” strikes a chord in this pandemic period, as the ox is symbol of hope and health in China.
Other paintings depict flowers, animals, landscapes, fish and cityscapes, both framed and unframed. These paintings suggest, more than depict, her subjects.
Gallery hours are daily by chance or appointment. Learn more at www.jeankigel.com, or call 832-5152.