Thursday, May 31, 2012
Artist: Rebecca Molloy
Posted by Florence Hodesdon
This recent graduate from Coventry University offers the art world a revitalisation of archetypal Life paintings, defying typical conventions in regard to style and palette.
Molloy manages to create a binary, a relationship between the paintings losing all realist elements and yet still becoming intuitively lifelike and accessible. Her emphasis on vivid oranges and purples never detract from the detail of the composition or the subtlety in the facial expressions. She presents us with a body which is battered and bruised by a violent splattering of colour, and yet this never creates distance – her ability to generate effective viewer intimacy with the forms demonstrates her magnificent ability to portray the subject. This intimacy is in part fuelled by her particular selection of composition, which is innovative and refreshing. Rebecca Molloy has a tendency to crop merely an interesting selection of the body and really emphasise it in a way that plays with the negative space surrounding it, making the subject never fail to dominate the painting.
Molloy seems to be replying to our modern world whereby new reactions to traditional subjects are vital, whilst, continuously courageous with her palette selection, she never loses the integrity of the piece, she never compromises the quality in order to simply subvert the convention and as a result she triumphs.