Brown Room

Huile sur toile, 2017

50,8 x 40,6 cm
Valeur estimée
1 300 $
Brown Room est le tour personnel donné par Claire Milbrath au genre traditionnel de la nature morte. La scène est saisie dans la maison de Poor Gray, personnage central pour l’artiste. Poor Gray est un homme riche qui, immobile, symbolise la futilité des classes supérieures. Le tableau évoque le luxe et parait drôle au premier regard, mais l’anxiété plane dans les tonalités brunes de son arrière-plan. Milbrath emploie des teintes classiques pour camoufler l’humour pervers de l’œuvre.
Notice biographique
Claire Milbrath (b. 1989, Victoria, British Columbia) is an artist and editor-in-chief of the art publication The Editorial Magazine. Milbrath’s work is informed by various naive painters, such as Henri Rousseau and Séraphine Louis, especially in their disregard for both the rules of perspective and classical rendering of the human form. Her work is centred around her character Poor Gray, an aimless, wealthy, anxious man. She explores themes of gender, challenging traditional concepts of masculinity by depicting Gray as vulnerable, effeminate, and idle. Through Poor Gray, she is also interested in satirizing the portrayal of power and wealth throughout the history of oil painting. Milbrath’s work has been shown internationally, including solo exhibitions at Steve Turner (Los Angeles) and Projet Pangée (Montreal), as well as group exhibitions at 0-0 LA (Los Angeles), Lisa Kehler Art + Projects (Winnipeg), AC Repair Co. (Toronto), and SFAQ (San Francisco). Her work has been reviewed in, among others, It’s Nice That, Vice Magazine, I-D Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Jezebel, and Oyster Magazine.