Tell Me a Story

Anne Canfield, Mikel Elam, Barbara Mimnaugh & Clarissa Shanahan 

January 2 - February 14, 2021 

Cerulean Arts is pleased to present Tell Me a Story, featuring paintings and drawings by Anne Canfield, Mikel Elam, Barbara Mimnaugh and Clarissa Shanahan.  These four offer a contemporary take on narrative art, one of humankind's earliest art forms.  Canfield's imagery is founded out of two worlds; one real and one imagined, meeting somewhere in between.  She draws upon personal experiences, travels and daydreams, to convey a real sense of time and place within her detailed compositions.  Elam's brightly-colored mixed-media works are often figurative, filled with psychological tension.  At times, words collaged within the paintings guide the narrative and offer a hint to his thoughts.  The cast of characters within Mimnaugh's paintings are both amusing and sometimes disturbing.  Her abiding interest is the engagement of the human figure in the small events of life.  With a background in film, Shanahan's current work is inspired by photographs of a stranger's journey through the Middle East in the 1930s.  A sense of poetry and nostalgia are translated through her encaustic paintings. 

Mimnaugh, Out in the World , acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30”  

Canfield, Patiently from the Window, oil & graphite on panel, 20" x 20" 

Mimnaugh, Poodle in the Plaza, acrylic on canvas, 22” x 28”        

Elam, Rescue, mixed media on canvas on panel, 48” x 36”  

Canfield, All Sleep the Night, graphite on panel, 20" x 20"   

Shanahan, La Corte della Moschea, beeswax & oil on panel, 7" x 5"  

Shanahan, L'Espresso, beeswax & oil on panel, 8” x 10”  

Mimnaugh, The Visitor, oil on canvas, 22” x 36”  SOLD  

Elam, A Shadow of my Former Self, mixed media on panel, 24" x 12"  

Shanahan, Ospiti del King David, beeswax & oil on panel, 36” x 24”   

Canfield, Souvenirs from Yesterday, oil & graphite on panel, 6" x 6"  

Elam, You Told Me A Story. I Do Not Believe You, mixed media on panel, 18" x 18"  

Elam, A Shady Promise I, mixed media on panel,12" x 24"  

Elam, A Shady Promise II, mixed media on panel,12" x 24"  

Mimnaugh, Resort, acrylic on canvas, 20” x 24”  Available 

Shanahan, Sul Nilo con l'Arabic, beeswax & oil on panel, 45” x 30”  

Canfield, Train Ride, graphite on paper, 6" x 6"   

Canfield, My Dreams Will Pull You Through the Garden, oil & graphite on panel, 12” x 12”   

Elam, The Day Will Come When None of This Will Matter, oil on wood panel, 20" x 24"  

Mimnaugh, The Sirens, acrylic on canvas, 22” x 28”  SOLD  

Shanahan, Verso l'oriente, beeswax & oil on panel, 36” x 24”   

Canfield, Moonglow, graphite on panel, 7" x 7"