Feathers and Faces - Adele Renault
Adele Renault is an artist with a deft touch for that which most might find commonplace. From pigeons to people, she focuses her artistry on realistic depictions of ordinary city residents. On canvas, on our walls and in our homes, her feathered friends are wildlife and pets feral yet tame; wary companions that sing to us in silent flights of fancy yet perched in waiting, alive and uncontainable, ready for an open window to make their escape. So present and personable, they dovetail perfectly with her human portraiture, proffering a sense that her paintings of people, rendered with the same attention and loving care as her birds, are perhaps too like all of us, curious birds themselves. To witness Adele turn the entire side of a building into a work of art is truly something to behold. Her ability to attack, to create with such exacting ferocity is in and of itself a piece of performance art.