In this new series of works, Lisa Brice explores the lines between interior and exterior, public and private, artist and model.
With echoes of artists such as Édouard Manet, Edgar Degas and Pablo Picasso, Lisa Brice’s work challenges, reinterprets and takes ownership of traditional depictions of the female nude and interrogates the male gaze which has dominated Western art for centuries. The paintings resonate deeply with our concurrent exhibition of Nina Hamnett’s work by similarly addressing the historic relationship between artist and model.
Brice’s paintings are vivid and bold. She uses layered brush strokes that capture her figures in snapshots of action. They bring an energy to her subjects giving them agency and self-possession.
By painting her figures in rich blues Brice adds to their ambiguity. It makes it difficult to define the age or ethnicity of her subjects and as such discourages an easy ‘read’ of the female form. The hierarchy between the artist and their model in the studio is broken down. In Brice’s works the female figure is both – concerned only with the moment, her medium, but mostly herself.
“There is no hierarchy between artist and model, as is generally implied in historical studio scenes of male painters and their female models; they are all on their own time, whether active or paused, in contemplation or in conversation with one another. Nude and clothed figures are interchangeable, and the active and the passive are similarly equal in status within the scene. They are all artists at work in one way or another.”
– Lisa Brice
Tickets available to book soon. Also includes entry to the Nina Hamnett exhibition.
Born in 1968 in Cape Town, South Africa, Lisa Brice grew up in South Africa during a particularly volatile time in the country’s history. This still informs the works she creates today.
In 1998, Brice travelled to London for a residency at Gasworks Studios. In 1999, she was invited to undertake a workshop in Trinidad and a subsequent residency alongside local and international artists including Peter Doig, Chris Ofili and Emheyo Bahabba (Embah). She is currently based in London while maintaining strong ties to Trinidad.
In 2018, Brice had a solo exhibition at Tate Britain, London as part of their Art Now series. A major institutional exhibition by the artist opened at KM21, The Hague in November 2020.
Lisa Brice is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London; Salon 94, New York and Goodman Gallery, South Africa.
Banner image: ‘Untitled’, 2020 (detail) by Lisa Brice. Copyright Lisa Brice; Courtesy the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Salon 94, New York; Photo by Mark Blower.
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