Lesley Vance has a highly personal and contemporary approach to painting, revisiting the traditional genre of the still life in the form of exquisite abstractions. Having reproduced compositions of natural forms that she creates in her studio, she then works the paint into intimate luminous shapes wet-on-wet, often against darkened backgrounds. Vance works in both oil on linen and watercolours and has said of her work: “I am constantly disguising and adding information, masking figuration, and opening and closing spaces in the canvas until the composition behaves in a way that challenges the paintings hanging on the wall next to it.” The paintings record the transformation process, the gestures and the materiality of the paint, allowing the memory of Vance’s intense engagement with the temporary fluid state to emerge.
Lesley Vance (b. 1977, Milwaukee, WI) lives and works in Los Angeles. Solo and duo exhibitions include The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (2013); FLAG Art Foundation, New York (2012); and Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick (2012). Notable group exhibitions include The Campaign for Art, SFMMA, San Francisco (2016); Conversations in and Around Abstract Paintings, LACMA, Los Angeles (2015); Don’t shoot the Painter, curated by Francesco Bonami, Galleria d’Arte Moderna, Milan (2015); Painter Painter, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013) and the 2010 Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum, NY.