Artist of the Week- Aimee Reeves
When confronted with the doom and gloom of the modern world, it is great to be able to turn to our stable of painters to bring a little light and laughter into our lives. With real skill and talent, Aimee Reeves takes some of the heaviest styles of modern art and effortlessly uses them to make playful, joyous artworks. She uses the style of the Russian Constructivists, with a knowing nod back to the Fauvists’ understanding of the language of colour, in order to create paintings that celebrate the cheekier side of life. At first glance these could be designs from Soviet posters, until the viewer notices the array of body parts arranged in various positions on the canvass. By using bold colours, the artist entices the viewer in before they notice the risqué elements of the composition. This is work which plays with the audience and uses the conventions of art history in order to create something fresh, surprising and striking. She is a great favourite at LondonArt, and we are sure you will appreciate a closer look.
She uses the separated, de-personalised body parts, so prevalent in 20th century feminist art. Here, she makes the body a fetishised set of parts, albeit in a light-hearted way. This juxtaposition is a theme of all these paintings. Happiness and sadness combine in form and colour as the big themes of art history are mixed with a knowing kitsch. Her use of a jubilant palette ensures that the viewer makes an emotional connection to the work and lifts each canvas beautifully. These are wonderfully crafted compositions which make tongue in cheek references through teasing, tantalising shapes and images. Organic forms mix with starkly geometric shapes in paintings that reference animals and tarted up girls on the prowl. If you are a fan of large scale artworks that look stunning and reveal a little more with each viewing, Aimee Reeves may be the artist for you. We are delighted to announce her as our LondonArt artist of the week.