Miss Van “ROOM FOR CREAM” @ Soze Gallery, Los AngelesJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013
Miss Van is one of our favorite painters, with an elegance and command that we are always impressed with and makes for a really strong impression when seen in person. The French-born, Barcelona-based artist just opened a solo show, Room For Cream, at Soze Gallery in Los Angeles, featuring new paintings and a stunning collaborative mural outside the gallery, done with Ciro Schu (Mr Schu also has a series of paintings up at Soze's sister gallery, Time to Shine).
From the press release:
Miss Van is an artist that in most circles needs no introduction. Originating from France and having spent most of her artistic life in Barcelona, Miss Van has traveled the world painting her instantly recognizable work on the streets, as well as on canvas. She has exhibited extensively for decades worldwide in Europe, the UK, the USA and China, and is now returning to LA to share her most recent series. Room For Cream features the artist’s newest work, which hallmarks a recent return to street art, after several years spent solely painting in the studio. Miss Van’s recent artistic pursuits have taken her to Los Angeles, the UK, Barcelona and Brazil, sparking her collaborations with fellow artist Ciro Schu, and charging her new paintings with increased depth, emotion and an elevated romantic darkness.
Her iconic sultry female characters reappear in this solo exhibition at Soze Gallery in sensual yet dark masks and evolving environments. “The masks are about hiding whilst also showing something else,” she says. “[They are] a way to have different personalities of the same character, also showing different faces we all have.” The characters, sometimes masked in mysterious animality, and gauzy romantic compositions carry a surreal quality of burlesque, resonating with a beautiful synergy of rawness, softness and emotion. Miss Van says, “I’m evolving and growing up with my paintings. It’s the only way, when you paint with emotions and feelings. I’m trying to be true with myself.”
Photos by Birdman and FriendsWeLove.com