Snake Baby by David McGee

This painting came in with an out-of-square stretcher bar and we replaced it with one that can expand and contract, which allows the paint film and canvas to handle subtle atmospheric changes. While transferring it to the new stretcher bar we discovered that the painted edge was also not square. We prepped the canvas along this gap and in-painted to match the original.

This is a large painting, about 66″ x 75,” and presents it self-portrait coup de gras, an arresting gaze, when viewed from a distance. And now that painting is in square the effect is just a little bit better, not to mention a little more archival.

David McGee is an American Postwar & Contemporary artist who was born in 1962. His work was featured in several exhibitions at key galleries and museums, including the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) and the Pump Project. David McGee has been featured in articles for the Glasstire. The most recent article was Bayou City Art Virtual Experience Kicks off October 5 written by Christopher Blay for the Glasstire in October 2020.


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