Todd McKie in The Boston Globe

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By Cate McQuaid

Todd McKie: Suitable for Framing

The painter, a dreamy, pungent colorist, often depicts simplified figures — or just floating heads — in sly works that explore how invigorating and deeply challenging it is to be alive, social, and yearning to grow.

Pictured: “Ever Been to Venus?’’ Through May 28. Gallery NAGA, 67 Newbury St.