Natasha Law "OK, Alright"

Paul Smith Space Gallery

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Natasha Law is known for her works featuring semi-nude figures captured in intimate moments. Her models wear expressions that convey a range of emotions, from tightly struck poses to casual, off-the-cuff spontaneity. Although her backgrounds are simple, they give a clear picture of the intimate and closed spaces where her models spend their time, whether in a bedroom or living room. Law's preference is for aluminum panels, which serve to emphasize the boundaries between the curvy bust and slender waistline that peek out from underneath brightly colored clothing. Her works transcend genre distinctions between portraiture and traditional nude painting, extracting the unique emotional expressions and feminine essence of her subjects.

Law eschews normal painting implements in favor of industrial materials, spending great lengths of time to complete one work at a time. She begins by photographing her model and making a painting based on that image. She then copies a line drawing of that painting onto a metal sheet and decides from there how to set the image and apply color to it. The final stage of her process is also the most difficult one, and involves applying color onto the aluminum panel. The distinctive character of Law's works comes from their vivid color that seems to leap instantaneously off the surface and into view. Her materials and motifs are reminiscent of a Pop Art aesthetic, and their color scheme recalls the work of Tom Wesselmann. Her use of color occasionally gives her work the appearance of an abstract painting without specific forms, and can be read as a complex sort of chromatic diagram.

In addition to Law's representative aluminum works and drawings, which are both on display and for sale, a limited edition of printed T-shirts are also available for purchase (20 pieces in two designs, price on application).

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From 2009-05-28 To 2009-07-20

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Natasha Law

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