30 x 30 cm | 11 x 11 in
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"This small study takes the status-giving historic portrait of an aristocratic lady and twists it to remove the lady almost entirely. The dress becomes the focus and the colour is distinctly vulgar and psychedelic, very un PC in the 17th Century."
Helen Latham’s paintings focus on the 21st-century self – how do we relate to each other in a culture saturated by superficiality? Latham imbues her paintings with emotion through the careful use of colour and form. Art, as Latham shows, has a peculiar power to provoke emotion and it is what critic Clive Bell, in 1914, explained is the “aesthetic emotion”, the essential difference between art and all other objects. In Latham’s imagery, colour is used to affect an emotional response, and spatial devices are used to evoke a sense of belonging or alienation in the image’s narrative. In turn, each painting conjures memory to invoke empathy and contemplation of the self in direct relation to the other.