Conversation? after Edward Hopper By Margaret Kalvar-Bushnell
oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches
year created: 2018
“This painting, Conversation? after Edward Hopper, is an adaptation of a work by Edward Hopper, one of my favorite artists. Hopper often captures loneliness and isolation in his work. In the original painting, the man is turned away with his back to the woman. Here I portrayed him facing towards her but still looking out the window. She is curled up in a corner with a book, seemingly totally oblivious and content. Is he annoyed with her for ignoring him?”
Artist’s Connection to Theme: The composition seemed appropriate for our situation during the pandemic. We are home with family who perhaps have become more distant to us. Do we know what to say? Do we care? Is self-sufficiency a good thing, or does it block communication? Humans need each other, as well as their own personal space. How do we balance these two things?
Image Description: Framed oil painting depicting an interior space. There is one figure seated in a chair reading a book. A second figure is in front of a window.
Margaret Kalvar-Bushnell, b. 1957, studied Art History at Wellesley College while majoring in Economics. She studied watercolor painting at the State University of New York at Purchase during the summer of 1976. She pursued a career in finance after graduation, while continuing to draw and paint. During the 1990s, while raising her children, she studied with Michael Madigan and Hannah Fink at Artworks in Trenton. She had works accepted at the Ellarslie Open in 1994, at TAWA at Ellarslie 1995, and at TAWA's Warehouse exhibit in 1995. In May of 1996, she had a solo show at the Plainsboro Public Library, entitled Abstraction in Action, and participated in a group show at the Twin Rivers Library in 1997.
She resumed painting studies in2017 with Charles Viera at Princeton Arts Council In the spring of 2019, she had works accepted at two West Windsor Arts Council juried shows. In September 2019, two of her paintings were shown in Charles Viera's student show of en plein air work at the Princeton Arts Council, and she participated in PAC's Members Show later that fall, from which her entry was sold. In 2020 her pastel submission to the Mercer County Senior Art Show won first prize in its category. In the fall of 2020, she had work accepted into West Windsor Arts Council's juried show "Art and Healing" and had an entry accepted into and sold from WWAC's juried Holiday Mart. She also had two works on paper accepted into the 2020 Phillips Mill Juried Show.
She continues to explore color, composition, and varying levels of abstraction in the media of oil painting and pastel.
Frame: one inch on each side wood frame.
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