Hespe Gallery is pleased to announce “Ingénue”, a solo exhibition of new works by Erin Cone. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 from 5:30 – 7:30. The exhibition continues through March 31, 2012.
Using clean lines and sharp focus detail, Erin Cone creates works that possess an elegant simplicity. Cone’s paintings are a striking combination of figurative realism and abstract minimalism and are composed of a single, stylized figure against unmodified planes of color, which, in the current series range from pure white to vibrant reds and greens. The artist has also begun experimenting with negative space resulting in ever more striking contrasts. In this series, Cone continues to create tension between the hard edge, linear quality and the soft shapes of the female form. The artist does not seek to force a narrative within her works, rather, her paintings are so highly simplified that the narrative may be inferred or the pieces can be read as pure design.
Erin Cone received her BFA in Painting from the University of Texas. She has exhibited extensively around the country including fifteen solo shows and more than a dozen group exhibitions. Cone has been featured in a number of publications, including “New American Paintings” and “Art & Antiques”. Her works are included in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. The artist currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.