Conceptual Realism by Renée Caouette show

on May 9, 2017

go back to Events

Renée has lived between Boston and Paris, France for the past five years studying fine art and art history. She has traveled throughout Europe and North America researching artwork ranging from the primitive and ancient to contemporary arts. Aesthetically, Renée’s work is influenced by her classical sensibilities and art historical background that have developed throughout her travels and studies. In these paintings and her continued work, Renée explores ubiquitous themes through the eyes of a millennial such as identity, feminism, death, equality, and addiction, making her work not a quotidian narrative but rather a relevant and relatable story. As a professional female artist, Renée feels the need to express the American (and really Global) zeitgeist, and the expanding Diaspora of the world. Grounded in realism and figurative narratives, her works are highly conceptual; everything is thoughtful with a subtle message.  Fascinated with the symbolism of the northern renaissance, the grotesque, mysticism, and contemporary performance arts, Renée has fused these ideas together to create a body of work that is uniquely her own as a representational artist in a contemporary art world. In June 2016 she was awarded a grant by The Ringholz Foundation to fund her latest painting project, and invited to the Bakehouse Art Complex Residency Program during Miami Art Basel. Renée has exhibited throughout the United States and France, including Paris, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, among others. She was invited to join the Copley Society of Boston and the Salmagundi Club of NYC last year. Most recently, the muralist, Kent Twitchell, awarded her the “Patron Award” at the Brand Art Center’s 43rd annual juried exhibition in Los Angeles, CA. He commented that her work shows “devotion to the picture plane; she is not trying to jump on anyone’s bandwagon” and “sincerity”, making her work valuable and unique in the art world.


"Searching for Your Roses Since You've Been Kissing the Sky"
oil, 40"x30"

"La Musique"
oil, 36"x24"



"When the Moon Broke and the Alchemists Wept and the Stars Went to Sleep"
oil, 28"x22"

oil, 36"x24"


"Marat's Stairway"
oil, 24"x20"


"Study for a larger painting"
oil, 14"x11"


"But Can You Hear th Flowers? They are singing"
oil on mirror, 7"x7"



"At Night We Shared the Same Dreams as the Owls Turned Their Heads and Took Away the Memories so Unacceptable We Did Whatever It Took to Forget Them"
oil on mirror, 8"x20"


"The Daily Presentation"
oil on mirror, 8"x8"



"Chardin Still Life Master Copy"
oil, 8"x10"


"Double Espresso"
oil, 14"x20"


"Lunch Set for Three study"
oil, 11"x14"


"Self Portrait in Blue"
oil, 36"x24"


"Portrait of a Man in Black"
oil, 20"x16"


"Andromeda" Expression Study
oil, 10"x8"


"Candy Jar"
oil, 20"x16"


"Monday Night Memories"
oil, 20"x16"


"He Only Had Daughters"
oil, 36"x24"


"Boston Public Radio"
oil, 30"x24"


oil, 30"x24"


"Temptation of Time"
oil, 40"x30"


"French Fisherman"
pastel on grey paper, 20"x16"


"Boiling Over"
oil, 14"x11"


"Portrait of a Man in a Scaly Cap"
pastel on grey paper, 20"x16"


oil, 12"x16"


"Still Life"
oil, 8"x10