Thomas Deans Fine Art is pleased to present “Untethered,” a solo exhibition of 14 semi-abstract paintings based on the sky by Canadian artist Elaine Coombs in her first exhibition in the Southeast. The exhibition will be on view at Thomas Deans Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia from 22 April through 20 May 2023 and will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday 22 April, 5-7 pm.

Elaine Coombs is a renowned Canadian painter based in San Francisco whose paintings explore the changing nature of the sky. For the artist, the exhibition’s title untethered “encompasses feelings of freedom, joy, and lightness.” In her semi-abstract compositions, reflective metallic backgrounds in silvery pearl, gold, and blue acrylic paint represent sunlight and provide a soothing visual contrast to the meticulous, rhythmic palette-knife marks that indicate clouds. Her work captures the ethereal beauty and changing moods of the sky, creating a sense of awe and wonder in the viewer.

Elaine Coombs lives and works in San Francisco, California. Born and educated in Ontario, Canada, she moved to the Bay Area in 2001 after several years of travel and work abroad. Her paintings have been exhibited across the United States from California to Maine, as well as in Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Her work can be found in over 400 private, corporate and public collections, most notably the U.S. Department of State - Art Bank Program; The City and County of San Francisco Civic Art Collection; The Alameda County Department of Environmental Health; various Kaiser Permanente and UCSF medical facilities; the Mayo Clinic; Imagery Estate Winery; and the Ritz Carlton Highlands Hotel in Lake Tahoe, California.

In her latest artwork, Elaine is exploring the use of metallic paints to create other worldly sunsets and sky-scapes. Additionally, she continues to investigate the effects of sunlight and fog as they relate to her ongoing fascination with the forest landscape environment. Her trademark dot technique is painstakingly handmade and yet evokes a pixelated computer image when viewed up close. Indeed, the work presents a duality of vision – one that juxtaposes the physical and the emotional, the figurative and the abstract, the handmade and the manufactured.