Libbet Loughnan: Your Mind Mined

Jan 30, 2018 - Feb 24, 2018

Ceres Gallery

547 West 27th St Suite 201
New York, NY 10001

Time: Opening reception Thurs Feb 1, 6-8 pm Hours: Tues–Sat 12-6 pm, Thurs 12-8 pm
Phone Number: 2129476100
Contact: Stefany Benson

Ceres Gallery New York, is pleased to present Libbet Loughnan's second NYC solo exhibition, based around a theme of contemporary commissioned portraits. While many commissions are private, a number have been loaned back exclusively for this exhibition and the artist has included storylines about how each came about. Some sitters look at sitting as old hat, and for others, becoming a painting is an intrepid journey of personal discovery. The pieces echo celebrations of human relationships. Commissioning a portrait is always a purposeful and intimate event initiated in the thoughts of the commissioner in reflection on the sitter, and flavored and executed by the painter who was privileged enough to be invited in. One evolved from a flippant but fun and welcome WhatsApp the artist received from the director of an art fair, and some from involved, savored conversations and meetings on symbolism and composition. Some are commissioned by the sitter, some by the sitter's lover or child. One painting of a nude usually hangs in situ downtown where it was composed -a double-take view into a room within a room. The style, execution and size of these small bright and dark figurative acrylics will be immediately recognizable to those already familiar with Loughnan's work. In a striking contrast of scale, the exhibition also showcases Loughnan's newest series of paintings documenting the first pregnancy of one particular NYC woman, her partner and their dogs. These paintings, with their use of bright acrylic, are a clear celebration of new life and the body, and explode large like a summer's day into NYC's winter. Libbet Loughnan is a multi-award winning artist from Australia, and also spends much of her time in NYC and Mexico. The artist's paintings and sculptures reflect a childhood rich in family warmth under the Australian sun, stories encountered across countries in adult life, and a desire for more reflection on the place of humans within nature. Her works can be found in collections worldwide (USA, Hong Kong, Australia, Mexico, and Thailand). Loughnan has enjoyed solo shows in the USA (NYC), the Philippines (Cebu), and Australia (Melbourne and Geelong), as well as representation in art fairs in NYC, Gwangju and Osaka.

Event Type: Exhibition