Vintage Vignettes: Anna Magruder

26 Oct

There’s something you should know about me, Artsies.  I grew up completely immersed in the styles of past eras.  My dad loves “classic Chevy’s“, that’s 1955, ’56 & ’57 Chevrolets, for those not in the know, and a lot of our family time revolved around my parents’ involvement in a local classic car club.  The adults I grew up around reveled in the cars, clothes and music of the past.  So I kind of automatically have love for anything with a retro-ish vibe.  Enter Anna Magruder’s artwork.

Amphibious, oil on canvas, 16x16

This Portland artist looks back at the people and images of the past, re-imagining their lives and stories.  These re-imaginings have a dreamlike quality to them, like old photos you’ve found in the family photo box, yet know one knows who they are or the stories behind them.

Book Of Poems, oil on canvas, 16x16

Her muted color palette further reinforces the vintage feel of her work, so that they read almost like the faded Kodachrome images of the past.

Cheer, oil on canvas, 12x12

Big Wheel, oil on canvas, 16x12

To see more of Anna Magruder’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Observer ( Mediator ), oil on canvas, 16×16.

4 Responses to “Vintage Vignettes: Anna Magruder”

  1. Ken Hamilton October 26, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Wow, That’s wonderful! I love the Art work!

    • Lesley October 27, 2011 at 10:15 am #

      We saw her work in Portland and I loved it at first sight!

  2. Susan Van Sant November 7, 2011 at 6:07 am #

    Wonderful expressions on their faces. Very intriguing, makes me wonder what they’re thinking. So somber, juxtaposed against their backgrounds. Great Work!!

    • Lesley November 7, 2011 at 8:29 am #

      Glad you enjoyed it, Susan! Don’t they make you want to know the story behind each scene? And the colors are so rich!

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