Stephanie McGuinness, The Storyteller, 2016, oil on canvas

Stephanie McGuinness’ bold yet personal paintings are inspiring repeat visits to DVAC these days. Well worn recliners, half-emptied moving boxes, a cluttered kitchen table—all images missing a human presence—serve as windows into private lives. And they are—sort of. Actually, they are her own scenes she has imagined and written up – like a screenplay – inspired by discarded notes and lists she finds in public spaces. Mysterious, evocative …and damn good painting.

For inspiration Stephanie has said she looks to the work of Mamma Andersson: (born 1962, Luleå, Sweden), an artist based in Stockholm whose subject matter revolves around evocative, melancholic landscapes and nondescript, private interiors, and the work of Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993, Berkeley, CA), an artist whose early work is associated with abstract expressionism and the Bay Area Figurative Movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

Stephanie was born in Dayton and lives in Englewood. She received her MFA from Miami University and BFA from Wright State University. The Secrets We Keep: New Works by Zoe Hawk, Ashley Jonas and Stephanie McGuinness will be on view at DVAC through Feb 24, 2017.