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Francesca Lowe at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on May 19th, 2011

UPDATE MAY 23, 2011: Please see a few impressions of the show from my Flickr:

Ascend by Francesca Lowe, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

I'm very excited about Francesca Lowe's forthcoming Headland: Woman in a Landscape exhibition which will be opening at London's Riflemaker this coming Monday.

With an oeuvre that brings together the abundance of Julie Heffernan, the hybridity of Heidi Taillefer and the menagerie of Josh Keyes and paints it all in a dystopian watercoloury sweetness and on a huge scale, Francesca Lowe surely knows how to aesthetically amalgamate and wow.

More details below.

Madonna's Legacy by Francesca Lowe, oil on canvas, 2010 - click to enlarge

On show: May 23 - July 2, 2011

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9SU, UK, tel: 020 7439 0000, email: info@riflemaker.org | Map

Gallery hours: Mon - Fri: 10 AM - 6 PM, Sat: 12 - 6 PM

Preview works | Press release

Artist's website

Heidi Taillefer's "Muses and Heroes" at Irvine Contemporary, Washington D.C.

by Suzanne on April 3rd, 2008

Complicated Shadows by Heidi Taillefer, 2006

Born 1970 in Montreal, Quebec, Heidi Taillefer - previously featured here - has been drawing since her very early childhood.

Her eccentric and often esoteric style may be the result of the devoted, decade-long, mostly autodidactic study of various artistic techniques.

Growing up in a very creative environment, Heidi never had to make aesthetic concessions that would dilute her unique brushwork.

She gets her inspiration from taxidermy, Wunderkammern, bizarre specimens displayed in natural history collections, circus & sideshow attractions... from the deformities and mutations that make all organic life so beautifully diverse and inimitable.

Her characters are chimerae of human, animal and robotic descent - organic and mechanic at the same time.

From Saturday onwards, Irvine Contemporary will be presenting her Muses and Heroes show to the interested Washington public.

Frustration Attraction by Heidi Taillefer, 2006

Opening reception (Heidi will be present): Saturday, April 5, 2008, 6 - 10 PM

On show: April 5 - May 10, 2008

Address: Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, USA, tel: 202-332-8767 | Map

Press release | Exhibited works

Hacking The Future

by Suzanne G. on September 21st, 2004

© Heidi Taillefer
(click on thumbnails for detailed view)

"J’ai toujours été attirée par le bizarre, par les choses étranges, particulièrement les squelettes. Toute jeune, je vouais une réelle fascination à la nature. Je ramenais souvent des animaux morts à la maison et je les observais sous toutes leurs coutures..."

- Heidi Taillefer, interviewée par Robert Bernier dans PARCOURS


Picture index:

(From top to bottom, left to right)

Heidi Taillefer: Detritus of Devotion, 1999
Heidi Taillefer: Oenophile, 2003
Heidi Taillefer: Lady and the Tramp, 2004
Heidi Taillefer: Partly Shroudy, 2001
Heidi Taillefer: Venus Envy, 1999