Delia Brown, “Mujeres Y Camaradas”
D’Amelio Terras, New York
September 10 – October 23, 2010
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present a new series of gouache paintings on paper by gallery artist Delia Brown. Here, in a continued exploration of the tradition of genre painting, Brown adapts the persona of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo in multiple iterations. Inspired by travels to Mexico City, as well as Los Angeles’ Spanish Colonial and Mission Revival architecture, the paintings are a vibrant palette of red, magenta and turquoise, replete with traditional textiles and jewelry, set against a florid urban landscape. These images of lush interior and exterior scenes depict women dressed in quasi-traditional costume, backed by arched fireplaces, adobe walls and hacienda tile floors. Areas of expressive brushwork and dense layers of thickly applied color coexist with looser areas where graphite lines remain visible, combining Brown’s painting style with the immediacy of her drawing hand.