Claire Milbrath

Poor Gray: Domestic Scenes

March 23 – April 29
Opening reception: March 23, 7–9pm


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Claire Milbrath: Poor Gray: Domestic Scenes, Installation view, Steve Turner, March 2017

Claire Milbrath: Poor Gray: Domestic Scenes, Installation view, Steve Turner, March 2017

Claire Milbrath: Poor Gray: Domestic Scenes, Installation view, Steve Turner, March 2017

Claire Milbrath. Brown Room, 2017. Oil on canvas, 48 x 40 inches

Claire Milbrath. Sunday Night, 2017. Oil on canvas, 36 x 30 inches

Claire Milbrath. Gray's Bathroom, 2016. Oil on canvas, 28 x 22 inches

Claire Milbrath. Gray's Apartment Detail, 2016. Oil on canvas, 26 x 20 inches

Claire Milbrath. A Tussle, 2017. Oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Poor Gray: Domestic Scenes, the first solo exhibition of Montreal-based painter Claire Milbrath. Although Milbrath did not receive formal art instruction, her work is informed by various naive painters from the past, especially in its disregard for both the rules of perspective and the classical rendering of the human form.

Her work centers around a character she calls Poor Gray, an aimless, wealthy, anxious man. Milbrath explores themes of gender, challenging traditional concepts of masculinity by depicting Gray as vulnerable, effeminate, and idle. Through Poor Gray, Milbrath also satirizes power, wealth and masculinity within the history of oil painting. In Domestic Scenes, we find Gray lounging in his luxurious home.

Claire Milbrath (b.1989, Victoria, British Columbia) is an artist and editor-in-chief of art publication The Editorial Magazine. Milbrath earned her BA in History from Concordia University. She currently lives in Montreal. This is her first solo exhibition.