Silent As Glass: Kaye Donachie's muted paintings dedicated to female protagonists

Kaye Donachie Silent As Glass, 2018 oil on linen 55 x 40 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Contemporary British painter Kaye Donachie is back with a new exhibition at the Maureen Paley gallery in London this month. Silent As Glass features her latest paintings that "distil and redeem historical images of specific female protagonists, often imbued with a sense of place".

Running until 29 March, the collated writings and images of poets such as Katherine Mansfield and Iris Tree provide inspiration for the show, as the gallery explains: "The narratives within the paintings are given structure by an almost visceral sensation of light that outlines and gives intensity to their surfaces, evoking a poetic image. Still life, landscape and portraiture are presented together in this exhibition. These new images echo one another and attempt to compress stories, voices and emotional labour into a reconfigured form."

Silent As Glass is Kaye's sixth solo exhibition at Maureen Paley and follows a long-running fascination with literary heroines. Born in Glasgow, Kaye now lives and works in London.

Kaye Donachie Young moon, 2018 oil on linen 50 x 40.5 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie Young moon, 2018 oil on linen 50 x 40.5 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie I that know you, 2018 oil on linen 61 x 46 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie I that know you, 2018 oil on linen 61 x 46 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie Sighs of Amber , 2018 oil on linen 72 x 50 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie Sighs of Amber , 2018 oil on linen 72 x 50 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie Loneliness of Night, 2018 oil on linen 60 x 45 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London

Kaye Donachie Loneliness of Night, 2018 oil on linen 60 x 45 cm © Kaye Donachie, courtesy Maureen Paley, London