EAST GULL LAKE -- As a portrait painter, Jean London has a knack for capturing the essence of her subjects.
Her large scale portraits -- on exhibit through Oct. 22 at the Stable Gallery at Madden's Resort -- are as rich with character as they are with color.
London's work forgoes the fine, detailed structure of the realist painter, favoring instead the romantic, suggestive style of the post-impressionist school.
Mostly acrylics, the exhibit demonstrates London's eye for the inner rather than outer spirit of her subjects -- American Indian men, a Spanish-American dancer, a Marilyn lookalike.
Jean London (right) and Donna Jarvis, director, collaborated on the painter's first show in the Brainerd lakes area, a monthlong run at the Stable Gallery at Madden's Resort. A newcomer from Los Angeles, London specializes in large-scale portraits.
Her use of color recalls the full bouquet of a large pallet, dominated by reds and blues and their secondary offshoots.
A newcomer to the Brainerd area, London worked as a commercial artist in the advertising and television industries in California before returning to her native state earlier this year.
She marketed her original artwork -- much of it commissioned portraits with a mingling of landscapes and abstractions -- under the "London Creative" nameplate, the title of her Stable Gallery exhibit.
Trained in several art mediums, London recently was awarded a spot in Manhattan Arts International magazine with a photograph, "White Rose," which is similar in color and style with her acrylics: soft, undefined edges with a romantic feel.
The exhibit includes about 25 works, priced from about $500 to $1,500. For more information, call the gallery director Donna Jarvis at (218) 575-2976.
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