Mary Filer had a prolific career with a wide range of subjects rendered in an impressive variety of mediums. Her extensive figure drawings display her skill in capturing emotion and gesture as well as her exploration and control with the materials she used. The bold colours and gestural lines of this portrait are contrasted with the calm, contemplative expression of the figure. This anonymous portrait is a testament to her playful exploration in material and expressive portraits.
Why This Piece Was Chosen
The bold colours and linework immediately caught my attention the first time I saw this painting. I was drawn to the playful and skilled linework and the gestural quality of the painting. The figure intrigued me as its peaceful and contemplating expression creates an intimate relationship between the viewer and subject; it seems as though the viewer is catching the figure unaware, lost in thought. I admire Mary Filer’s ability to create this quiet moment in such a bold and striking composition.