Striking collection of oil paintings by Ingrid V. Wells responds to issues surrounding women’s rights

With allegations of sexual abuse hanging heavy over Hollywood, artist Ingrid V. Wells believes now is the time for artists to stand up and take action.

In a bold and affecting new series of works, the San Francisco-based painter directly responds to what she describes as, the "sad reality of the feminine spectacle", through an exhibition entitled Spectacle at Glass Rice in San Francisco.

She explains: "This new body of work investigates the absurd notion and sad reality of the feminine spectacle using miniature plasticine trinkets, painted as shiny still-lifes and inflated to grand proportions on the canvas.

"The over-the-top, sparkling works deliver a feminist message, commenting on the ridiculous pressure women face to remain charming, precious, and small while fighting for equality and respect. My goal is to provide a place of subtle reflection and to, ultimately, dismantle the patriarchy (in the sweetest way possible).

"I will also be presenting a series of 30 smaller works, taking notes from the lunacy of the The Stepford Wives. Pleasant and polite, this is a series that speaks to the need for women to actually be treated as people that deserve equal rights, equal healthcare, equal pay and equal representation in political office. No man-splaining, no lip-service, equality now.

"The paintings are small in size, and many in number to serve as a reminder that voices of underrepresented groups are stronger together. One small voice can soon become a chorus and now is the time to sing."

Spectacle: New Oil Paintings by Ingrid V. Wells runs from 10 November - 16 December 2017 at Glass Rice, San Francisco. See more of Ingrid's work at www.ingridvwells.com.

Main image: Put On A Happy Face, oil on canvas 24x36” 2017 | All images courtesy of Ingrid V. Wells

Everything’s Coming Up Roses, oil on canvas 48x60"

Everything’s Coming Up Roses, oil on canvas 48x60"

Pink, Plastic & Proud, oil on canvas 48x60" 2017

Pink, Plastic & Proud, oil on canvas 48x60" 2017

 Installation of Little Beauties series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

Installation of Little Beauties series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

Installation of Little Beauties series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

Installation of Little Beauties series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

 Installation of Spectacle series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

Installation of Spectacle series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

 Installation of Spectacle series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017

Installation of Spectacle series, at Glass Rice, San Francisco, 2017