Brixton pound is delighted to showcase paintings by MariaInPaint in the cafe space. Maria's paintings are centred around the theme of gender and identity. She writes:
'In a world where sexism and misogyny is ever-present and inequality is all around us, this show is my celebration of what it means to be ‘female’ to me. The series of paintings in this show look at various facets of femininity and female identity. As a female artist, I am aware that the subject of this show might seem a little cliché and overdone. Nonetheless, I think my work presents an original and personalised take on the theme. I explore everything from sexuality and sensuality represented by the wolf in paintings like She-Wolf, Nature Spirit and Little Red Riding Hood; to unconventional expressions of femininity in I’m your Venus; religion and culture in The flip-side of the coin and achievement and success in the public arena with my series of small portraits of famous women in Colourful Women. I have also included a self-portrait: Self in this show, which also touches on many of these themes within a highly personal context.
I am a self-taught painter and use a figurative, realistic approach; incorporating elements of pop art, fauvism and surrealism. I am fascinated by people and always feature central figure/figures in my work. Most of my paintings are conceptualised from a preliminary portrait idea which is first sketched out, then backgrounds/ secondary themes can come from a range of sources such as photos, life sketches or the deep recesses of my imagination…(!) The result is a visually arresting image that is bold in its use of colour, sometimes humorous, sometimes shocking in its subject matter.'
PRIVATE VIEW: Friday 24th February, 19.30pm