Scene By Two

Current Exhibit

The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to present …

Scene By Two” by Malu Tan & Donald Rainville

Exhibit: September 11- October 19, 2017

The UConn Stamford Art Gallery is pleased to announce a co-exhibit by Malu Tan & Donald Rainville.


Scene by Two brings together two colorist painters, Donald Rainville and Malu Tan. While with very different visual results, both artists showcase their interpretation of the landscape, having particular focus on the unwavering beauty and majesty of trees.

In his ‘Treescapes’, Rainville uses house oil paint to achieve random and spontaneous effects, creating works of imaginative spaces. His dynamic use of paint links to the abstract nature of real and imagined landscapes, converging to create a sense of synesthesia.

The ‘Colorscapes’ of Tan explore the minimalist and subtle qualities of the landscape. Painting intuitively, with small strokes of alternating direction, she builds up layers of color, sometimes scraping back paint or mixing media like marble dust or sand until an emotional conviction is achieved.



About the Artists


Known for his use of action painting techniques, Donald Rainville takes his inspiration from infinite forms of wild landscapes to create dynamic and expressive depictions of nature. Rainville uses no brushes in his work, preferring to more directly manipulate paint; he works with torn shapes of lightweight cardboard, and at times, actual plant material to apply paint.


Rainville exhibits throughout the New England region and has shown at the Cahoon Museum on Cape Cod and the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, New Hampshire. In numerous collections around the United States, Rainville is represented by the Gallery at Somes Sound on Mount Desert Island and Harbor Square Gallery in Rockland, Maine. He presently maintains his studio in Midcoast, Maine.



Malu Tan is an award winning abstract expressionist artist. Her works operate between figurative and abstract and is known for its strong gestural marks, texture, and color palette. Her education at the Art Academy in London was the catalyst to pursue a childhood dream.


Tan has shown work nationally and internationally at various museums and galleries, including Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Katonah Museum, Monika Olko Gallery, Charlestown Gallery, Faber Birren, and The Philippine Consulate in New York. Her work is also part of the permanent collection of The Yale New Haven Medical Center and private companies.  She currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC.