Cecily Brown, The Green, Green Grass of Home (2010). All Images via Gagosian Gallery.
Gagosian Gallery in Rome is currently exhibiting a series of paintings by New York-based, London-born artist Cecily Brown. The exhibit examines the human experience, captured in lavish colors, radical abstractions, and voluptuous forms. Brown brings a rich history of painting to her work, as she channels everything from the sensuality of Rubens to the expressionism of Willem de Kooning.
Challenging conventional narrative and context, Brown’s paintings are at liberty to flow in their own aesthetic reality. They also seem to possess a certain four-dimensionality, as she presents and explores a lost-and-found quality existing within the positive and negative spaces.
The ebbs and flows of life are rendered through a tactical use of color, shape, and form: areas of the human figure are perceived in fragments, yet at once lost in a blur of color and abstraction. Brown has previously exhibited at such galleries as the Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin and the Museum der Moderna in Salzburg, and is credited with ushering in a resurgence in the appreciation of painting since the 1990s. She has been represented by Gagosian Gallery since 1999.