News Release

September 8, 2008

Contact: Carolyn Pennington, 860-679-4864

Contemporary Realist Exhibits at UConn Health Center

What: “Morning Light” by Linda Tenukas

Where: Main and mezzanine lobbies, UConn Health Center, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington

When: September 18 through November 20

About the artist:
A contemporary realist painter, Linda Tenukas’ subject matter is as diverse as daily life. A graduate of Ohio State University, she was trained as a medical illustrator and later became interested in photography. With expertise in the two artistic venues, she moved on to the fine arts, painting equines in the English style and still life subjects.

Borrowing from the techniques of Renaissance and Baroque masters, Tenukas uses a centuries-old technique called grisaille. Painting with oils on wood panel, she glazes and blends rich colors over an under-painted monochromatic base of black and white. This technique produces a luminescence that creates dramatic, translucent lighting effects.

Recently Tenukas was a semifinalist in American Artist Magazines Annual Juried Competition and the winner of the Granby Community Fund Award at Granby Land Trust’s Juried Art Show and Exhibition. Her work was selected Best of Show at the Bristol Art League Open Juried Show.

Tenukas has exhibited nationally at the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art Annual Juried Exhibition art shows in Lexington, Kentucky. She exhibited at the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Exhibitions in Hartford and at the Gilded Edge Gallery Equine Art Exhibit in Salem.

A graduate of Ohio State University, she creates original oil paintings and commissioned works in her home studio in Berlin, Conn.

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