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Nature Vive is an intimate exhibition celebrating the masterful work of Paul Missal through the lens of his playful and symbolic still-life paintings and prints. This exhibition explores themes of decay to renewal, the cool tension of balanced dualities, and nature as guardian. The show's title inverts the traditional term nature morte (literally, dead nature, or still-life) and instead celebrates his work as nature vive, or living still-life.
An artist for over fifty years, Missal was classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Yale University. Despite his love of the classical approach of painting, Missal includes modernist artists like Ellsworth Kelly (1923-2015) and Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) as equally influential to his way of seeing the world through art.