8 Jul 2023 – 14 Jan 2024
Admission is FREE
In the summer of 2023, the Ashmolean launched a new exhibition series of contemporary art: Ashmolean NOW. Contemporary artists are invited to create new work inspired by the Ashmolean’s historical collections.
The first exhibition was dedicated to contemporary painting. It juxtaposes the work of two exciting contemporary painters, Flora Yukhnovich and Daniel Crews-Chubb.
Despite stylistic differences, the work of both artists links art historical inspirations with a dynamic and contemporary painterly language. The paintings displayed, all made specifically for this exhibition, convey a timeless passion for the medium of painting, its materials and processes.
Flora Yukhnovich (b. 1990) found herself drawn to the palettes and compositions of the Museum’s Dutch and Flemish still life paintings.
Her large-sized paintings feature intense red, pink, peach and green colours and an abstracted painterly language. Circular forms and soft contours suggest organic growth, while glowing light and dark contrasts create an illusion of three-dimensional depth.
Yukhnovich's work playfully and critically explores different notions of femininity in the history of art and popular culture, looking at contrasting stereotypes like ‘virtuous’ and ‘monstrous’ women.
Daniel Crews-Chubb (b. 1984) presents a group of large-scale paintings that take inspiration from ancient sculptures of deities and non-human figures found in the Ashmolean.
These ‘immortals’, as Crews-Chubb calls his fantastical figures, are created through a laborious process of addition and revision including drawing, impasto, and collage.
The textured patchwork of his canvasses gives Crews-Chubb’s monumental subjects a three-dimensional presence that, as he describes, ‘corrodes the boundary between painting and sculpture’.
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