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Anne Menge: Textural Processes @ Miss Zula’s

Anne Menge‘s paintings will be on display throughout August at Miss Zula’s in downtown Bozeman (40 West Main St.). There will be an opening reception on Friday, August 8th from 6-8pm during the Bozeman Artwalk.

My textural process is the layering of a wide spectrum of paint viscosities. Contrary to the classical painting method of thick layers over thin ones, I finish my paintings with a thin layer over the built up textural surface to allow the last layers to form themselves around the thicker mark making.

Anne Menge, Bozeman artist

Anne Menge just graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting (and a minor in Psychology). Originally from Billings, she plans to pursue a MA in Art Therapy and a Master of Fine Arts with an interest in glass blowing and metalsmithing in the future at an out-of-state university.

I am primarily an oil painter and in recent years, I have switched to painting on much larger canvases. I enjoy painting the figure and also have a lot of fun with abstract imagery. My technique is always using thick and juicy impasto strokes and I have recently moved beyond the limitations of the brush and palette knife to literally squeezing my mixed paint onto the canvas in various ways. I work with huge mounds of paint on my palette (often 5 and 6 cups of paint at a time) and this is one of the most delightful things I think an oil painter can experience. Oils have a saturation that is unparalleled by any other medium and their creamy consistency only adds to the wonderful sensation.

Also, I have developed my own abstract process of using various types of thick textures, then overlaying them with very thin paint. As the thin paint drips down my paintings it tends to follow the contours of my textures. Finally, I always bring my hand back into the equation by adding finishing touches, often finding interesting shapes in the drip and accentuating them.

See the Bozeman artists page for Anne’s contact information.

Ceiropoietoß @ Waller-Yoblonsky and Helen E. Copeland Galleries

Jen Pulchinski and Anne Menge have a show going up simultaneously at the Waller-Yablonsky Gallery (at the graduate art studios, west of 19th Avenue and just south of Garfield) and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery (Haynes Hall on the MSU campus). It will be on view April 28-May 9. Closing reception(s): May 9, 5-7 pm at Helen E. Copeland, 7-10 pm at Waller-Yoblonsky.