Megan FitzGerald spent 5 years as an art teacher for children, an opportunity that enabled her to view the world with the same innocent spirit as the young artists she worked with. Through two years of fine art training in College and another 3 years in University, Megan worked to keep this curiosity and wonderment in every art piece she approached. In 2015, she moved to Florence, Italy, deepening her artistic practice and exhibiting in the company of the renaissance masters and rolling hills of Tuscany. Together, the impressive landscapes and renowned figurative artworks that saturated the city began to seep into her artistic psyche. Returning to Montreal, Megan began a series of Tuscan landscape works, culminating in a sold out solo exhibition and permanent gallery representation at Chase Art Gallery in Montreal.
Today, she continues to produce landscape and portrait paintings in her home studio as well as pursue other ventures such as public art installations, commissioned portraits and most recently, a self-curated exhibition that culminated in a silent auction for a local charity.
Paint has the ability to uncover the spirit of the subject and the soulful relationship between the viewer and the painted individual, and between the admirer and the idol.
After studying figurative masterpieces by the likes of Bernini, Michelangelo and Rembrandt in Florence, Megan was inspired to create her own series of portraits that would speak to the iconic and timeless. The question was born: how can a series of portraits, in an already figurative saturated art market, match the intensity and skill with which renaissance paintings were completed? The answer is an accumulation of histories, styles and experiences. In this series, iconic and celebrated contemporary figures are re-imagined through experimental portraiture in a distinct style.
Unconventional color pairings are matched with innovative acrylic and oil techniques: thick application of paint over washy backgrounds, bold strokes that seem to be magnetically beamed onto the canvas. References to impressionism and expressionism are contrasted with allusions to Warhol’s dominating silk screens. The large-scale paintings explode with energy and excitement. The lyrical movement of paint creates a visual excitement where the vibrancy of color and intensity of brushstroke pairs with the personality and soul of the famous icon.