Vielmetter Los Angeles debuted Life Painting, by Celia Paul as well as a group show in the Greenhouse on January 13, 2024. Not to worry if you missed the opening, the exhibitions will remain on view through March 9, 2024.
Vielmetter Los Angeles Celia Paul
London-based painter Celia Paul presents her first solo exhibition with the gallery. It features the artist’s portraits, landscapes, and also floral still-lifes. Paul is known for creating emotionally charged portrait paintings of intimate subjects. As windows into complex inner worlds, Paul’s work captures a sense of quiet contemplation.
Paul has worked in the same studio for decades where she has “lived a life in art.” Situated high above the trees, her studio looks down on the courtyard of the British Museum. She paints in the same interior spaces where she sleeps—her view from her bed is in direct sightline with the museum. Due to both its proximity and contested history, the British Museum plays a suggestive role for Paul as she considers the generalized misogyny of the art world and culture at large.
Author and poet Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own also figures prominently in her vision of herself as a creative individual working toward self-realization as a woman artist. In British Museum at Night (2022-2023), Paul captures the formidable façade of the museum standing starkly behind the glowing lights of the central courtyard, all rendered in subtle washes of muted browns, tans, and oranges with pops of white for the lights and stars above.
In the Greenhouse, Enjoy New Works by Lavaughan Jenkins, Mario Joyce, Raffi Kalenderian, Kiriakos Tompolides.
On view: January 13, 2024 — March 9, 2024
What: New Exhibitions
Where: Vielmetter Los Angeles, 1700 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
When: Running through March 9, 2024
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