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Liselotte Watkins

 

 

Liselotte Watkins/Sigrid Hjertén
In the 90s, she was an immensely influential fashion illustrator, both in Sweden and on the international scene. Since then, through her geometrically constructed paintings and her playful use of colour, Watkins (b. 1971) has come into her own as a tremendously productive generator of peculiar worlds and imagery.The common thread here is women and the worlds they inhabit. 

These were also significant themes for expressionist Sigrid Hjertén – whose great influence on Watkins resulted in a TV programme produced earlier this year. The exhibition also includes a number of works by the earlier artist. 

What will you be showing in your new exhibition?
– I’m showing paintings for the first time, as well as a new ceramic army of women.

Who are the female characters we see in your new paintings?
– They’re my women – It’s almost like I’m painting my own secret society! A confused group of women, who clearly suffer from hubris, but also struggle with different emotional issues.

Sigrid Hjertén’s paintings have been firmly established within the canon by now. Which aspect of her work is the most important to you personally?
– I am very influenced by her courage, and by the way she addressed the society she lived in. She represented it with a tonality all of her own, and with such great confidence! She offers an elevated experience of everyday life, and of human relationships.

The exhibition open on 31 August.

 
  Liselotte Watkins   Dall'occhio  2018 Acrylic and lacquer on terracotta 42 x 20 cm

Liselotte Watkins
Dall'occhio
2018
Acrylic and lacquer on terracotta
42 x 20 cm

  Liselotte Watkins   Luigina  2018 Acrylic and lacquer on canvas 130 x 100 cm

Liselotte Watkins
Luigina
2018
Acrylic and lacquer on canvas
130 x 100 cm