Golden Woman (2010)
I had an amazing day yesterday walking from Gallery to Gallery, enjoying myself terrifically.
Chantal Joffe at the Victoria Miro Gallery filled we with excitement and inspiration. One does feel great when one identifies with what one sees. The Narcissist is in us all!
I, by the way like to see myself as the "Golden Woman" and don't you dare question it:)
Chantal Joffe must have had an incredible productive 2010, as you can see all of these were painted then. Filled with powerful output she has painted true artists, writers and literate figures.
All the ones below that are "Untitled" has been ripped of their original title, WHY?
I love titles, it makes it all feel more important, like the artist put a lot of thought behind their work.
Luckily the Gallery workers gave me their intended titles so I could share them with you.
Isn't it a lot more fun when you think of Susan Sontag, Lee Krasner... Emily Dickinson/Bronte... Even though these are actually taken from photographs in magazines, and does not resemble accurately the "Person".
Moll in the park (2010)
Blonde Girl in a Bikini (2010)
Couple Embracing (2010)
These are large canvases all of them about 244 x 183.5 cm.
I think this "Sarah" captured my attention the longest. Strong!
"Characterised by Joffe's fluid style and deliberate distortion of scale and form that exudes psychological and emotional force; the restricted palette adopted in this series of works results in a presentation that is both looser and freer. Left deliberately untitled, these works are not portraits of single personalities but rather paintings, loaded with symbolism, acknowledging the rich history of the creativity of women who have profoundly impacted literature, artistic practice, and cultural thought."
- Victoria Miro
What do you say, can you identify? Which one is your favorite?
Thank you Chantal Joffe for giving me some great moments in your world of accomplished use of OIL.