Cecily Brown‘s exhibition at the Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, features large-scale oil paintings on canvas and linen. Brown camouflages her subjects, often females in torrid positions, within alternately muted and frenzied colors and animated brush strokes. Her use of blurred lines and monochromatic colors forces the observer to look carefully to discern the action of the painting. Brown employs figuration and expressionism in this exhibition, which combines lush landscape paintings with motifs of sexuality and attraction.
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Brown’s later, Eden-like landscapes suggest fertility and femininity, while her earlier paintings, set indoors, are often more explicit. Brown’s experimentation with color has similarly evolved over the course of the past decade.
In a 2005 interview, Brown mused on her style: “I think when I was doing a lot of sexual painting, what I wanted–in a way that I think is not too literal–was for the paint to embody the same sensations that bodies would. Oil paint very easily suggests bodily fluids and flesh.”
Cecily Brown’s paintings will be on display until June 5th, 2010.