Paintings by Loralyn Kumlin
2016 has been, and continues to be, one for the books.
Painter Loralyn Kumlin’s series of brightly-colored, expressive portraits in her show “Twenty Sixteen” originally started as a project to depict everyday American people doing their everyday thing, as defined by their jobs.
Then, stricken by the losses of artistic greats and cultural icons, one after the next, and horrified by the violent losses of black men at the hands of police officers, one after the next, Kumlin’s Americans at Work project took off in another direction.
“The name Philandro Castile echoed in my head. He was on the way home from the grocery store with his girlfriend and her four-year old in the back seat, pulled over by the cops for no apparent reason… he did everything right, yet still ended up dead.” Kumlin said. “I would hope that somehow his family would hear about this painting and know that he’ll not be forgotten.”
Subjects in addition to Castile include Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Alton Sterling, Alexis Arquette, Gene Wilder, a quartet of police officers, Hilary Clinton, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump.
“This is of course not all-inclusive,” she said. “I could keep painting forever.”
Loralyn Kumlin is an oil painter who was born in Chicago and grew up in various
parts of the United States including Billings, Montana and Austin, Texas.
After earning her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas in 1992, Kumlin
returned to her birth city to pursue art and architecture. Her paintings are
rich in color, figurative and expressive.
Currently living in Evanston, she spends her time painting, teaching children to draw, and raising her own children.
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