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My signature paintings, with their super realistic, crisply rendered compositions convey a subtle message of visibility for the socially and politically disenfranchised peoples in my personal social landscape - people of color, women, lesbians, and gay men. In my oversized acrylics on canvas I explore a genre that is largely invisible in the fine arts. Through character studies in contemporary themes I restore cultural difference to center stage, creating a presence which resonates in its luminosity, texture, color and light. While enticing the viewer with a non-confrontational aesthetic these narratives simultaneously challenge old world views and compel a rethinking of how we define society's others.

Bio
Lenore Chinn is a San Francisco based artist who focuses on the depiction of a wide spectrum of people in all their diversity and color. Portraiture is at the core of her visual art practice whether it is painting or photography—both are employed in her creative process. A moment in time spontaneously captured by her digital camera, transmitted to acrylic on canvas, conveyed in modern archival print or shared on Facebook, these images document everyday life. As a body of work they are visual narratives that constitute an art history largely hidden from the public’s perception of society and our particular collective experience.
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