Solo Exhibition featuring the figurative paintings of Jennifer Cronin at the Bagelers Coffeehouse
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, February 14th 3:00 – 5:00 pm
“Art and Coffee, with Heart” features the figurative paintings of Jennifer Cronin. These works are known for their uncanny realism, featuring an intriguing blend of banality and mystique. “It is a playful tale of imagination weaving itself throughout my daily life. It is a dream that has taken grip in my consciousness and won’t let go. A wistful yearning for something more. A quiet reflection on the mystery of the everyday. The brilliance and beauty that can be lost if you don’t try to catch it.” – Cronin
Valentine’s Day. Love it or hate it. Either way, this is something for you. Come solo, bring a group of friends, or bring your loved one for a fun excursion before your dinner plans. There will be plenty of artwork to look at, and plenty of conversations to be had. Not to mention, excellent beverages and baked goods for sale. Hope to see you there!
Chicago-based emerging artist, Jennifer Cronin will be exhibiting “Realities” at Elephant Room October 2nd through November 9th, as the city celebrates Chicago Artists Month. The opening reception will be on Friday, October 4th from 6:30 to 9pm. There will be a “Meet the Artist” event on Saturday, October 12th from 6pm to 9pm during the Greater South Loop Association’s Art Walk as well as an Artist Talk on Thursday, October 24th at 5pm. All events are free and open to the public.
“Realities” is a body of work that explores the relationship between what is real and what is perceived. Through both oil paintings and drawings, Cronin demonstrates the mystery of the human mind and the complexity that lies beneath familiarity. Cronin’s work can best be described as a psychological photo-realism. Her ability to paint humans and objects quite realistically while at the same time making the environment within the painting feel “other-wordly” is quite impressive. This theme remains a constant within most of Cronin’s work and continues to evolve as her body of work continues to grow.
Jennifer Cronin was born and raised in Oak Lawn, Il. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she earned a BFA in painting and art education, while also pursuing her interest in psychology. During this time, she developed an interest in psychological dramas that present themselves within domestic spaces. This interest eventually became the subject of her paintings. As the capstone of her education, she studied painting at Camberwell College of Art in London, completing her education in March of 2009. Since graduating, Cronin has exhibited in the Chicago area, nationally and internationally. She continues to paint in her studio at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago.