Stark Realism – Effie Pryer | Francien Krieg | Ville Löppönen
Stark Realism is an exhibition of new paintings by Francien Krieg, Effie Pryer and Ville Löppönen. Each of these artists uses realism to explore the substance and mystery of being human. Krieg’s elderly nudes offer an unflinching but compassionate look at the effects of aging on women’s bodies and ask the viewer to consider the spirit within. Pryer’s portraits are inspired by her interest in mythologies of the world and the themes that resonate throughout human experience. And Löppönen uses religious iconography to depict our internal struggles.
OPENING NIGHT: Saturday, April 8 from 6-9pm. Free Entry.
Exhibition runs from April 9 to April 30.
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Free entry and complimentary wine available at the opening. For those wanting a non-alcoholic option, we will also have drinks provided by Remedy Kombucha.
Francien Krieg (The Netherlands) lives and works in The Hague. Krieg paints older women as beautifully complete nudes. She acknowledges the marks time has made upon the physical body and focuses our attention to a place where physical and spiritual beauty intersect. Imagining a world in which societal pressures lift and current narratives around physicality and the female body broaden. When viewing Francien’s nudes it is hard not to feel moved by their unflinching realism and stark depiction of female beauty.
As Alan Katz explains, “It is somewhat predictable that Krieg has suffered negative reactions to her work, as on the surface one might think she was portraying elderly women without respect. But Krieg is really commenting on beauty in much the same way as Sam Peckinpah was commenting on violence through his movies. Man’s ideal view of young female beauty does get shattered with age, but something else takes place of more importance…the realisation that once “idealized” beauty is gone, the innate beauty of spirit has the potential to create an outer beauty with a greater depth. Krieg’s personal vision is consistent and committed. She expresses herself through her art in ways that give her a unique point of view on the human condition.”
Ville Löppönen (Finland) graduated from the Department of Painting at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2007. Graphic novels and popular imagery meet the classical painting tradition in Löppönen’s skillful, photorealistic, figurative painting. In recent years, his art has also been strongly influenced by Western Church art and by the Eastern tradition of icon painting. Löppönen is also a notable contemporary portrait painter. His imagery deals with the healing nature of suffering and the human struggle with the self and its contradictions. He is also concerned with the conflict between religious service and ego-based artistic creation. Löppönen sees his art as being theological contemporary art. The painting process itself is an act of spiritual reflection or prayer.
Effie Pryer (Australia) is a Tasmanian painter who studied arts and fine arts at UTAS and completed a master’s degree in cultural material conservation at the University of Melbourne in 2013. Her paintings draw on the narratives and imagery she has encountered studying ancient and traditional mythologies from around the world. She is particularly interested in the unchanging nature of human angsts and desires across cultures and millennia. With a focus on employing native flora and fauna in her imagery and materials, Pryer uses traditional oil painting techniques on exposed timber surfaces to incorporate the timber’s natural beauty into the imagery and layers of narrative.
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