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By a Lady

Maureen Flynn-Burhoe.


By a Lady.

Acrylic on Stonehenge paper.

Calgary, AB.

22¾ “ x 28¾”


This acrylic on Stonehenge entitled By a Lady is part of a series of paintings on the theme of self-reflexivity. I began the painting in 2008 and it has taken me two years to complete. The basket of artbooks include books I used as references for tours of National Gallery of Canada exhibitions that I particularly enjoyed including a Renoir and a Corot exhibition. I replaced their book covers with images of my granddaughters.


By a Lady is a pivotal work by the same title by Maria Tippett on Canadian women artists.


The blue tea pot refers to a series of paintings I began in the 1990s in which the highly-reflective surface of the blue teapot mirrors a moment in my everyday life. I was initially encouraged to deepen this theme of reflexivity for a number of reasons including Escherian perspective in spherical shapes that I spent a lot of time with in the weeks during the showing of Escher’s work at the National Gallery.


The windows themselves are like pages of a book like a story within a story. I am drawn into books by the climatic literary descriptions and I am drawn into paintings in the same way.

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Taken on October 9, 2010