Jersey City artist bringing ‘Nature of Romance,’ magic realism to LITM – The Star

Jersey City artist Gail Boykewich’s new solo show “The Nature of Romance” couldn’t be more aptly named.

Aside from exploring human relationships and love in her acyrlic paintings and papercuts, the 33-year-old also looks at nature and man’s relationship with the natural world around him.

“I’m influenced by plants, spending time in parks and gardens,” said Boykewich. “I also love film noir and American melodrama films–especially technicolor Douglas Sirk films. I love the exaggerated emotion, the strong female characters and of course, the style.”

Boykewich’s figurative style is one of the most distinctive in Hudson County and whether her works are colorful or black and white, a touch of whimsy or mystery can often be found somewhere on the canvas.

“My style developed a lot in college at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and I was influenced by the museum’s collection. I spent a lot of time looking at the colors

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