Jessie Rawcliffe & Dr Suits - Shadow Persona
Acrylic on Lasercut MDF board layered with Aerosol on Glass, framed in a hand-sprayed box frame by Fiksate Framing
610mm W x 605mm H
About the artwork: Notable for the tonal contrast between the background’s pale pastel brushwork and the figure’s bold monochromatism, "Shadow Persona" successfully interrogates the concept of the passive female nude. Both meeting and challenging the viewer’s gaze, Rawcliffe’s model is fractured by Dr. Suits characteristic scrawl, these decisive white lines contradicting the serenity of his floating spheres and patchwork of diluted turquoise, grey, and dusty pink. Using her signature directional detail, Rawcliffe crafts a figure, confident and resolute in her solitude, her contoured form earning the title's discussion of “shadow”.
About the Artist: Jessie Rawcliffe is a multidisciplinary artist and designer located in Christchurch, New Zealand. Employing frustrating care for pedantic detail paired with surreal omissions replaced with negative space, her growing body of work is a continual exploration into the roles of the subject and the viewer in figurative painting. Working as a designer and illustrator has allowed her to produce and collaborate on projects that exist in the public realm, however, it is only recently she has had the opportunity for her art practice to do so also.
Nathan Ingram, pseudonymously Dr Suits, is an Ōtautahi-based artist and designer with backgrounds in fashion and urban art. Ingram’s current work is grounded in the qualities of line, colour, surface, and texture, juxtaposing the influence of the urban environment as a space of transient presence and constant physical flux with the calm repose of the studio. Varying in scale, and at times spanning framed surfaces, Ingram’s paintings grapple with the balance of order and chaos, a sense of poise often masking more energetic or physical exertions.
Ingram’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around Aotearoa and overseas, including the permanent collection of the Canterbury Museum. His public works span various cities and he has been included in festivals such as Taupo’s Graffiato (2021), Ōtautahi’s Spectrum (2015), and Flare (2022).
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