Brooklyn based artist Allison Sommers (featured) has a new exhibition on at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California. Inspired by historical wars including WWI & the American Civil war, “Potter’s Field” includes Sommers’ signature style of miniature scale paintings composed of gouache on paper with creatures, either employed as soldiers, beasts or nurses amongst, engaged in action in a darkened, war torn landscape. Some of the smaller pieces are housed in antique matchboxes. Sommers is also exhibiting some of her largest paintings to date. (from studio visit with High Fructose)
“Abandoning deference for playful irreverence, Sommers draws on her interests in renaissance and baroque art, toying with staid motifs and trading solemnity for nose-thumbing whimsy. She delights in deconstructing the seriousness of historical tropes of art, and tempers sweetness with subtle touches of dark foreboding and sexual deviance.
Sommers studied early modern history at the University of Virginia, where she was able to legitimize a lifelong love of the historical narratives and themes of the Old World, much of which continue to inform her work. She currently works as an art director for a newsweekly in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she lives with her partner Gerrit and their hedgehog, Ludwig.” (bio from Thinkspace Gallery)
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