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Opening Reception - 'The Idea of Wilderness' by Charis Congail (Guest Artist Series)

  • 7 Arts Gallery 125 Lincoln Avenue Santa Fe, NM, 87501 United States (map)

Classical realist painter Charis Congail will present recent paintings exploring contemporary ideas of wilderness, as well as a sampling of revealing portraiture and still life works. Many of the paintings shown will feature local models who were recruited at the Taproom in Eldorado, each one conscripted due to their unique and captivating depth of character.

Congail is known for intimate and searching portrayals of her subjects, who often find themselves in existentially questionable circumstances. In her Idea of Wilderness series, she explores the elusive edges of perceived boundaries between “self” and “other”, and a creeping dissolution of dualistic mindsets.

Initially trained as a sculptor, Charis rediscovered her passion for art as a self-taught classical painter, while retaining her three-dimensional understanding of the figure. That understanding in combination with a deep curiosity about mythology, quantum physics and the absurd, informs her inquisitive and quietly haunting images which exist beyond the surface: Her paintings seem to be constructed from the inside out.

Charis Congail is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the Portrait Society of America, and is listed with She paints in her home studio located within Eldorado. A studio tour is available upon request or appointment. See more of Congail's work at

The Idea of Wilderness opens with a reception on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Show runs through the end of June.