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In "Gilded Splinters," Alison Stinely utilizes various types of sculpting in collaboration with oil painting in order to create impactful pieces that are independent of a traditional frame. Stinely's work exudes a breath of life that it is everlasting, fantastical, and honest.


The desire to incorporate sculptural elements with my oil paintings was born from rediscovering art and architecture of past eras during a stay in Italy where I was able to view such works “in the flesh.” In order to elevate the drama and intrusive nature of the painted narrative, I literally pushed the painting upward and outward. Because these objects were not standalone sculptures but meant to accompany a painting, I initially considered them as over exaggerated frames; considering design elements of the Baroque, the gaudiness of the French Rococo, as well as Medieval architecture.

Having spent most of my artistic career focused on the intricacies of oil painting, I had to overcome a bit of a learning curve in order to craft the three-dimensional figures I envisioned; objects that would both complement and interact with the paintings appropriately. The construction of these forms began in a most traditional sense; using my hands and some clay. As time passed, these sculptural processes began to include other modes such as altering found objects and, eventually, digital automation. As my interest in generating more complex forms grew, I began to study digital 3D modeling and printing. This digitized operation has offered enhanced fluidity in generating the three-dimensional forms necessary to complete each work.

“Gilded Splinters” displays the progression of these sculptural developments as well as a range of painted mark making and color usage from that which is more illustrative to naturalistic. The works encompass age-old techniques such as gilding - and the aforementioned use of oil paint - as well as the relatively new technology of 3D printing. The works included for exhibition embody the religious, cultural, and artistic history that influence me most through the successful merging of materiality and imagery.






"The Linda Matney Gallery is dedicated to hosting exhibitions of innovative emerging artists, as well as displaying the work of more established national and international artists, including works of painting, installation, video, photography, sculpture and performance. The primary concern of The Linda Matney Gallery is to exhibit the work and ideas of the most significant artists of our time."   John  Lee Matney and  Paul Thomas, 2010 .

Named after Linda Matney, who lost her battle with cancer in 2001, John Lee Matney and the Matney Family have established a research based contemporary gallery that develops thematic group shows and collaborative art projects with international and American artists in Virginia and elsewhere. We specializes in curating services for museum exhibitions, corporate exhibits, staging projects, and private collections. We are exclusive agents in Virginia of the deeper catalogues of select contemporary artists which we showcase in special previews of new and newly available work at our exhibition venues or via private consultations.