SIX EUROPEAN WOMEN PAINTERS
Brigitte Aubignac, Anna Bjerger, Nicky Hoberman, Franziska Klotz, Chantal Joffe, Paola Sala
The exhibition proposes to emphasize the convergences among European women artists who use painting.
Painting has been for long time prerogative of men; today it is an instrument commonly adopted by women artists who do not want to claim any female identity, but want to use it as a medium to express contemporary times. The trait that unites this group of artists is their work focused on the figure, seen as a representation of our society, sometimes in a realistic manner, expressionist, naive, and sometimes in a surrealistic fantasy.
The major concern remains the expression of a strong identity, the image of our world in a search that combines everyday life and a desire to transcend banality into an idealized, dreamed and sometimes almost cruel image.
It is also an opportunity to highlight the uniqueness of a European woman creation, especially in Britain supported by the large machine Saatchi and Saatchi and here represented by three artists but, we do not forget Italy represented by Paola Sala or France (Brigitte Aubignac), Germany (Franziska Klotz) and Sweden (Anja Bjerger). England imposes by the activity of its market an image close to what has been called “Bad” painting proposing a naive, expressionistic close to a narrative BD (Chantal Joffe), in which the ‘pictorial instrument is neglected in favour of a certain aggressiveness and willingness almost grotesque’. This is not the case of Nicky Hoberman who actually measure swords with a traditional painting technique, using oil painting compositions in large formats where dominates the concern of the body. The community of spirit unites the work of artists like Franziska Klotz and Anna Bjerger in which dominates a dreamlike vision close to expressionism. Some Latin features differentiate the work of Brigitte Aubignac and Paola Sala; their work is more contained and concentrated on a reflection on the essence of being. But in all circumstances all these painters tackle the issue of the figure, and many of them suggest this approach in a dialogue with nature, especially with regard to the works of Aubignac and Bjerger.
This exhibition intends to focus on the rich pictorial European panorama, animated by its own features, often marginalized in the international context, despite its richness and diversity. Women in art, as in many other areas, feel free to reinvent traditions in ways that men, their roles tied up in centuries of public history, cannot. The results for painting are liberating and exhilarating, for everyone.