Currently on view at PNCA, Between my head and my hand, there is always the face of death gathers together seven distinctive artists for a clear-eyed look at the resurgence of figurative painting. PICA’s Visual Art Curator Kristan Kennedy spent the past year researching and tracking down painters from Germany, Ireland, New York, Los Angeles, and our own backyard in the Pacific Northwest. From Tala Madani’s comedic, impasto animations to Grant Barnhart’s constructed studio environments, the work may not at first glance reveal a close stylistic kinship, and yet each piece attests to the fact that figurative painting is very much thriving at the edges of the medium while keeping a keen eye on the historical canon.

If you weren’t able to make it to last night’s opening, we’ve uploaded some photos of the finished exhibition and of Kristan and her crew hanging the show:

And download a copy (PDF) of Kristan’s curator essay, Shells of Our Selves.

Between my head and my hand runs through March 26 at PNCA’s Philip Feldman Gallery. Click here for more information on the exhibit and for links to videos and reviews on the included artists.

And make sure to join us for a free and public curator’s walk-through, led by Kennedy on February 15, from 6:30-7:30 pm.