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Wonders & Strange Girls

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  • Wonders & Strange Girls
    Solo show @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, September 2010

  • Miss Julie came to town straight from Europe. She intends to stay in the countryside for a few days and present her collection of wonders: a cast that reveals a familiarity filtered by the uniqueness of each character.Curtains up! Please, pay attention to her directions as she guides you through this unprecedented show…
  • Love is in the Hair
    121x76cm / 48x20"
    oil, copper & gold leaf on cotton canvas
    private collection, California, USA

    A naive and at the same fetish painting that borders the limits of the unchaste. Eroticism is somehow always included in the human figure, although it is best in its implicit rather than in its explicit form, suggested rather than described.
    Inspired by Santa Magdalena. At first, she was painted naked and then wrapped in hair and sheer fabrics. The title of the work alludes to the female hair fetish (an icon of Art Noveau). It was inspired by the song “Love is in the Air” by John Paul Young, a hit of the year Carles Gomila was born.
     
  • Madame Julie, from Perlita Circus
    61x61cm / 24x24"
    oil on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Miss Julie came to town straight from Europe. She intends to stay in the countryside for a few days and present her collection of wonders: a cast that reveals a familiarity filtered by the uniqueness of each character.Curtains up! Please, pay attention to her directions as she guides you through this unprecedented show…
    A futuristic profile, but inspired in the roaring 20s. There are few expression lines on the face in order to focus all attention on the smoothness of the neck and hair; on the curvature of the skull, and on the counterpoint of the geometric haircut. A real character.
     
  • Spanish Fortune Teller
    122x122cm / 48x48"
    collage & oil on cotton canvas
    private collection, California, USA

    Spanish witch of the Order of the Flower: she will put a curse on your soul unless you buy her a flower.
    The work alludes to the gypsies of the Plaza de España, in Seville; with references to the old Spanish masters Goya and Velázquez , and a touch of decadent French style that takes us, for a moment, closer to Ingres.
     
  • French Fortune Teller
    121x76cm / 48x20"
    oil on cotton canvas
    private collection, Houston, Texas, USA

    This bust is a recreation of the enigmatic portraits of Monsieur Ingres. A French witch of the Order of the Flower. A femme fatale who predicts the future through the discretion of her charms, more suitable for a flapper girl than for an interpreter of divination.
    Heavily inspired by the work of Ingres, it is though a review of the aesthetics of the 1940s used in fashion and film. The composition is based on the solid counterpoint formed between the range of brown and blue.
     
  • The Goddess of make up
    145x145cm / 57x57"
    oil & gold leaf on jute canvas
    private collection, California, USA
    India is the exaltation of humanity on a large scale: 16 official languages; 1,652 dialects; more than 2,000 castes; about 5 dominant religions; 500 ancient kingdoms, and thousands of gods. So many gods, that there may be one for each task, for each person and for each position. Gods sanctified secular issues such as cosmetics.
    Inspired by a kitsch culture so rooted in the Indian taste, that it feels so comfortable in its motley sacred spaces.
     
  • Young Clown
    61x61cm / 24x24"
    oil on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    The clown is a transparent character who never practiced a pose. Borges said, that for this reason, clowns are always sad.
    The eyes have been exaggerated to suggest sincerity, while the background of thick, red brushstrokes reveals a psychology installed in the eye of the hurricane.
     
  • Venvs Strikes Back
    241x101cm / 95x40"
    oil on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Botticelli covered the nakedness of Venus under a waterfall of hair, dispatching the viewer's imagination to the idleness of solving the hidden parts, just like the numbers in a Sudoku. Now Venus would be born so brazen, fresh, gourmet-fighter that cherubim would cry of pure emotion, blinded by her great passion. Now, as always,Venus is still the coolest of Parnassus, home of the Muses.
    Executed with cold and warm pastel colors, this design inspired by the old cookies boxes. The effect aims to provoke the paradoxical sense of frivolous warmth. The radiant lines suggest wealth of contrasts and an outline of danger.
  • Sea Goddess I
    145x145cm / 57x57"
    oil & gold leaf on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Every movement, every humble gesture is the projection of a skill that transmutes the goddess into an illusion, moving her away, for a moment, from the modesty that comes from being just a pin-up. This goddess is born and dies every day with the sun, her crown.
    Inspired by the pin-up and pop culture. The image reminds us, however, of those of the eighteenth century. The tentacles are a wink to the ancient Japanese art, that was so fond of portraying these animals in erotic scenes.
     
  • Sea Goddess II
    200x160cm / 79x63"
    oil & gold leaf on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Pirate, mermaid, sailor eater.
    The face is an interpretation of the model used in the eighteenth-century lithographs. The heraldic border that contains the signature is found on the Vatican doors, the crosses on her collar are a macabre way to count the number of sailors she devoured.
     
  • The French Lion
    241x101cm / 95x40"
    oil on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    The French Hercules, wearing a lion fur and able to lift incredible, heavy weights.
    A work entirely inspired by old studio photographs. Basically, it has been painted “alla prima”, a technique similar to that used by Velázquez.
  • Snake Charmer
    76x76cm / 30x30"
    oil & copper leaf on cotton canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Coming from a remote location in the East, this young beauty is able to fascinate the snakes to the point of confusion with their own movements. Beauty, danger and self-control: the three essential qualities for a femme fatale.
    The background, with the crown, is an interpretation of the design on the labels of liquor bottles and cigars boxes. The hierarchic character and the kimono are Indian and Japanese inspired, and her face has the typical features of a humanized porcelain doll. The snakes on the head are a reference to the Greek myth of Medusa, who with just one look could turn you into stone.
     
  • Sweet Wound of Love
    100x50cm / 39x20"
    oil and gold leaf on jute canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Oscar Wilde said that only sacred things deserve to be profane. But I would also add the opposite: only the profane deserves to be sacred. Profane love, the wound of love transformed in to a religious icon.
    Painted 'alla prima', the work was conceived with several planes and semi- transparent layers, creating depth of color and unusual texture.
  • Anatomy of Pagane System
    241x101cm / 95x40"
    oil on linen canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    Diva of paganism. Luxury, decadence, arrogance and power suggested by the thriving roses in the darkness. The rebirth of Venus is the maximum projection of the classical values of art in the contemporary world. Aphrodite cannot be born today as she did in antiquity, although she is still a goddess and shows certain decorum in her presentation.
    It was inspired by the divas on the theater posters of the French Art Noveau: soft modeled but heavily circumscribed. The copper leaf-wreath suggests the setting sun.
  • The Famous ‘W’ Brothers
    220x140cm / 87x55"
    oil and gold leaf on linen canvas
    private collection, California, USA

    Famous old acrobats, immortalized in their most glorious moment for a luxury poster.
    Inspired by old studio photographs. The work offers a wink to Freddy Mercury’s looks, and reminds us that, despite all, 'the show must go on'. The full name of the painting is “Wing Brothers”, and the signature is executed like the design on the labels of cigar boxes.
     
  • Sargantain
    76x76cm / 30x30"
    oil on cotton canvas
    available @ Christopher Hill Gallery, California, USA

    The four-armed witch casting a spell. Two hands and a deep look overshadow us, whilst the second pair of hands mesmerizes us, and secretly rips off our heart . Beautiful and dangerous, one of the most attractive and hypnotic creatures of this world.
    The face is a hybrid between an adult and a porcelain doll. The deep-green emeralds remind us of the coldness of a reptile, and the pink daggers, of a sweet effectiveness.