New York-based painter Ella Kruglyanskaya is exhibiting her second solo show in London, and this time the expressive ladies of her paintings have brought their stylish issues with them.
Entitled “Fancy Problems,” the show opened today at Thomas Dane Gallery in London and runs through early October. The works reflect Kruglyanskaya’s signature style – boldly executed paintings infused with fashion, drama, and a vintage flair reminiscent of old movie posters or Archie-era comics. The Latvian-born artist has described her paintings as “pictorial events… [that] aspire to an unspoken punch line.”
Though the color palettes are slightly more muted than past works, the same humor and theatrics are applied. Well dressed women dart behind Grecian columns like sneaky little cat burglars or feign exhaustion as they recline in their upholstered chaise lounges. Since her show at The Hole in New York in 2013, her knobby-kneed, pissed-off ladies have landed Kruglyanskaya on countless emerging artists to watch lists.
I’ve got 99 Fancy Problems, and not owning a Kruglyanskaya piece is one.
All images courtesy of the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London