Kristie Bretzke, 'Bruce'


Kristie Bretzke: Coal Room

Every Mon., Tue., Wed., Thu., Fri., and Sat. from Jan. 8-Feb. 16
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Art, Galleries

After swooning over the glassy surfaces and shadowy desolation of her poolscapes and delighting in the meticulous line and light of her modern architectural paintings, one can’t help but be excited for Kristie Bretzke’s new series of moody portraits. Illumination and shadow are exquisitely balanced, brushstrokes delineate and obscure defining features, and psychological states emanate from the canvas. Reportedly the artist was inspired by the chiaroscuro-like ambience within a basement coal room she encountered at an artist retreat on the Mull of Kintyre in Scotland.