Grace Wright, Split Solstice, acrylic on linen, 1600 x 1100mm
Fantasia For A Late Night
Parlour Projects is honoured to present an exhibition of new work by Auckland-based artist Grace Wright. Titled Fantasia For A Late Night, the exhibition will be on view from March 14 to April 11, 2020. Featuring seven large-scale paintings, as well as a monumental triptych, the exhibition presents recent works by Wright that explore themes of spirituality, female abstraction and painting as a tool for reclaiming the physically present moment.
The baroque atmospheres created within Wright’s works, combined with her use of dramatic chiaroscuro lighting, classical colours and towering scales, affirm her interest in ‘monumental’ and religious paintings. Her recent works are at once representational landscapes, upon which complex and dramatic scenery and narratives unfold, as they are abstracted worlds, containing sensual gestures and capturing a subconscious feeling or inward emotion. It is this tension between the internal and external, the tangible and intangible, that is so poignantly explored in this new body of work.
Throughout her practice, Wright has also explored the perceived limitations of the female body, creating works of immense scale to prove that paintings can capture a sense of attraction and sexuality—qualities long associated with femininity—while also asserting strength and power, traditions often considered masculine.
“Painting on a monumental scale is usually associated with masculine values, but I aim to subvert this, creating work that is bold and unapologetic, while also fully embracing of its vibrant feminine attraction and visual pleasure.”
Installation View: Grace Wright, Fantasia For A Late Night
The public is invited to attend an opening on Saturday, March 14, from 11am to 1pm. The artist will be present. For more images or information, or to request an image catalogue, please contact email@example.com.