Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Vampires and Wolf Men, the stunning latest body of work by Portland-based artist Anna Fidler. Seeking to construct a myth surrounding characters from the past, and using as source material photographs culled from the Oregon Historical Society, Anna Fidler creates monumental portraits of individuals from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that transfer the energies of the past into contemporary topographies of the fantastic and the mundane. In paintings that feel at once ephemeral and precise, Fidler’s exquisitely balanced renderings of persons both prominent and unknown create a subtle but powerful tension as these figures are recreated as vampires and werewolves. Fidler’s work offers commentary and dialogue with our twenty-first century fascination with a subject that is both timeless and of-the-moment.
Anna Fidler has worked in a variety of media including drawing, painting, film and music. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Previous bodies of work were included in both the 2001 and 2006 editions of the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum. Fidler’s previous exhibitions have been positively reviewed in Art in America, Artweek and The Oregonian as well as numerous other publications. Anna Fidler received her B.F.A. from the Western Michigan University in 1995 and her M.F.A. from Portland State University in 2005. She currently teaches at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Oregon. This is her first solo exhibition at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art.
This exhibition coincides with and complements Fidler's Vampires of Oregon APEX exhibition at the Portland Art Museum (August 18 - December 16, 2012).