Young Toronto-based painter Shauna Born has gained critical acclaim for her figurative paintings which intimately feature the artist’s friends and acquaintances. Her quietly composed works focus mainly on the humanistic and expressive qualities of her subject’s face and hands. Born renders each character with great painterly attention, formally constructing the surface to reveal a ghostly quality. Through these works, the artist is able to explore society’s idealized notions and obsession with youth, glamour and beauty. Born was represented by Katherine Mulherin Gallery in the Aqua Art Miami at Aqua Hotel last week. Other solo exhibitions include “This Pretty Face” and “Stomach” both at the Le Gallery in Toronto. The artist is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD).