[Karen Naess - For Shaw Media]
["Adventures of the Lonely Man" is one of two series by Diane Levesque on display at Water Street Studios in Batavia.]
The literature portraits in Levesque's "The Existentialists" series skillfully capture such writers as Ernest Hemingway, Virginia Woolf, Albert Camus, James Joyce, Flannery O'Connor, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Thomas Mann and Henry Miller.
Levesque describes her work as psychological narrative and notes that the combination of reappearing motifs is a source of joy for her.
"The imagery is derived from a combination of books I'm reading, memories, dream fragments and the many strange objects I collect that hold an aura of whimsy, playfulness, dread and the uncanny," she said in an email. "I like to work in series that continue a narrative thread as in 'The Adventures of the Lonely Man' … where each painting leads to the next, but can also stand on their own."