I’m currently working not only on painting, but on photographic works focusing on painting and painters. Projecting digital images of portrait paintings, I’m bringing artists from other centuries into my studio, spending time with them, and taking their pictures. The shadows my body makes while taking the shots in front of the projector fall across the portraits, obscuring details that might site these sitters in their own centuries. What I now see are the faces of painters, close up and untethered from the past.

For my first subject I chose little-remembered 17th century Dutch still life painter Maria van Oosterwijck (1630–1693) who in 1671 posed for her friend Wallerant Vaillant (1623–1677). Hanging out in the dark of my studio the centuries between us collapse; Maria stops reading as an emblem of 17th-century female propriety and becomes instead a woman painter like me.
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C o m p o s i t i o n  i n  B l u e  a n d  O r a n g e  ( D a m s e l f l y)

oil on wood panel, 31″ x 78″ © 2012 Margaret Wall-Romana          private collection

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Tangle and Sensation

oil on wood panel, 48″ x 67″ © 2012 Margaret Wall-Romana

 

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Tangle and Sensation, detail 1 

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Tangle and Sensation, detail 2 

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Material Revery

 oil on wood panel, 38″ x 70″  © 2012 Margaret Wall-Romana       private collection

below –  detail,  Material Revery

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Memento Lucem (Remember the Light)

memento-lucem-remember-the-light                   oil on  wood panel,  60″ x 132″, collection of the North Dakota Museum of Art © 2011 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Memento Lucem (Remember the Light), detail 1

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below – Memento Lucem (Remember the Light), detail 2

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And Then

AndThen oil on wood panel, 40″ x 82″ © 2011 Margaret Wall-Romana       private collection

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Towards and Away

46″ x 116″, oil on wood panel 

© 2010 Margaret Wall-Romana, collection of St Cloud State University

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Towards and Away, detail 1

below – Towards and Away, detail 2

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The Wooden Bird

48″ x 83″, oil on wood panel  © 2010 Margaret Wall-Romana

 

Below, The Wooden Bird – detail

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Below, installation view – The Wooden Bird/Still Life with Walnut Boat

 

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Still Life with Walnut Boat

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48″ x 83″, oil on wood panel  © 2009 Margaret Wall-Romana

 

below,  Still Life with Walnut Boat – detail 1

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below, Still Life with Walnut Boat – detail 2

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below, Still Life with Walnut Boat – detail 3

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Painting Painting (with van der Weyden)

60″ x 77″   oil on wood panel © 2009 Margaret Wall-Romana (photo courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Arts)        Private Collection

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Painting Painting (with van der Weyden), detail 1

below – Painting Painting (with van der Weyden), detail 2

                                                                (photo courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Arts)

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About “Painting Painting with van der Weyden”

This gallery contains 6 photos.

  This piece weaves together a number of my interests in historical periods and genres of Western painting, including 15th to 17th-Century Netherlandish painting, Mannerism, the Hudson River School, Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting. The spark for this painting … Continue reading

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The Spaces

The Spaces WP oil on wood panel © 2007  Margaret Wall-Romana       private collection

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Parentheses (here and there)

Parentheses Here and There 62″ x 84″    oil on wood panel © 2007  Margaret Wall-Romana      private collection

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Parentheses (becoming)

62″ x 84″  oil on wood panel © 2007  Margaret Wall-Romana     private collection

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detail – Parentheses (becoming)

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Ellipsis Near & Far

Ellipsis near and far oil on wood panel © 2007  Margaret Wall-Romana

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detail – Ellipsis Near & Far

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Ellipsis with Chinese Lanterns

62″ x 92″   2007                oil on wood panel © 2007  Margaret Wall-Romana

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Violet Marsh

32″ x 67″   2007

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Annunciation in the Garden

32″ x 67″    2004

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Distillation with Iris

  46″x 72″ oil/wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Luminous Floraclot

68″ x 54″   oil on wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Little Finch with Bruegel’s Mill

33″ x 78″  oil on wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Cruciform Distillation

46″ x 110″  oil on wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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In the Distance, the Mill

In the Distance42″ x 92″  oil on wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Green Bones

Green Bones WP oil on wood panel © 2003 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Near Grizzly Slough

40″ x 72″      oil on wood panel © 2001 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Forgotten Clippers


80″ x 46″,  oil on wood panel, ©2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Distillation with Crossed Callas

42″ x 75″           oil on wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Blue Nasturtiums         oil on wood panel © 2004 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Twine (2-panel painting, configuration 1)

Twine Config1 WP42″ x 92″ oil on wood panel  © 2001 Margaret Wall-Romana

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Twine (2-panel painting, configuration 2)

Twine Config2 WP42″ x 92″ oil on wood panel  © 2001 Margaret Wall-Romana 

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