Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce Delphine Hogarth Lafaye’s first solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will be on view November 1st, 2018, through January 5th, 2019, with an opening reception on Thursday, November 1st from 6pm until 8pm.
Delphine Hogarth Lafaye’s oeuvre of still lifes, portraits, and landscapes fluctuates provocatively between abstraction and figuration. Working on canvas, the artist chooses from an arsenal of media and techniques to build up each of her compositions: oil paint, acrylic paint, ink, black thread, and collage. She often incorporates nontraditional materials as well, for example, coffee stains, shoe brushes, cellar tape, bits of leather, cutouts from Japanese wallpaper, and a hot iron to stamp her canvas. Her instinct to blend classical painting conventions with contemporary, ordinary materials and textures defines the artist’s singular aesthetic and original point-of-view.
Hogarth Lafaye’s paintings masterfully evoke the essence of her subjects without rendering them in detail. She chooses scenes based on everyday events or occurrences that have affected her. Her subjects range unpredictably from pregnancy, to garlic strings, to the beach, to a dizzying whirlwind of scattered dandelion seeds. Whether momentous or mundane, the artist treats each subject with equal seriousness and attention to form, color, and composition. Constructed predominantly in cool tones of blues and greens, Russian Roulette (2018) is a table-top still life depicting three bottles. The flattened perspective, together with her repetition of simplified, geometric forms, is reminiscent of mid-20th-century still lifes. In her largest painting in the exhibition, Lemon Tree (2018), Hogarth Lafaye suggests the fruit through a motif of pale yellow mark making. Lacking spatial perspective, the background is heavily abstracted through an amalgamation of cream and grey shapes, both curvilinear and geometric. The kinetic energy of the background paired with the luminosity of the lemons in the foreground take the viewer’s eye on an exploratory dance across the canvas. Girl in Woods (2018) is the artist’s only portrait in the show. It represents a female nude—cast in an even blue light—partially hidden behind a grey-black tree. The woman’s facial expression is the most identifiable element in the work: she gazes intently past the confines of the painting with her left arm raised across her chest in an equivocal gesture. Surrounding her is a forest composed of planes of dark paint and twisting, lopsided trees. Hogarth Lafaye’s new body of work highlights her fluency in creating an engaging relationship between figural elements and purely abstracted forms.
Delphine Hogarth Lafaye was born in 1976 in Ile-de-France, France. She studied the History of Art at Bristol University in 1995, followed by an Arts Foundation Course in Paris from 1998 to 2000. Hogarth Lafaye has had solo and group exhibitions in the UK, France, Italy, and New York City. She now splits her time between London and Paris.
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