In an exhibition at New York's Gallery Henoch this September, 11 contemporary female realist painters will investigate their "present-day truths".
Some of the paintings examine reality in its raw, personal minutiae; Alexandra Pacula and Sunghee Jang focus on scenes of urban complexity and the "sense of self in a fast-paced society", while Patricia Traub’s harmonious menageries call for empathy among all living things.
Other artists direct a lens to a particular facet of everyday existence – lush trees and the seemingly wild landscapes of New Jersey are painted in painstaking detail by Anita Mazzucca, while Alexandra Averbach, Janet Rickus and Olga Antonova apply geometry, design elements and incredible craftsmanship to intricate still lifes: flowers, fruits, and kitchen utensils.
Reflection on identity is pursued by Sharon Sprung, whose sensual realist figures evoke the nuanced intensity of beholding the gaze of another. In contrast, Renée Foulks explores the spatial and emotional relationship of observed bodies in scenes that are almost surreal. Elizabeth McGhee balances humour and puns through her paintings as she addresses common life themes. And the layered paints and resins of Susan Goldsmith’s works glimmer like gemstones that have been lit from within.
The Female Eye at Gallery Henoch in New York's Chelsea district runs from 19 September until 22 October 2019. A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to breast cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.