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Kukula – ‘Lonely Opulent Things’

On September 24th, Kukula returns to CoreyHelford Gallery fashioned with a new exhibition of confident, achinglybeautiful paintings, ‘Lonely Opulent Things.’ Inspired by the Roocco style andimbued with a 18th century French color palette, the works sing of amagnificent melancholy via buxom yet lithe figures set amidst antiquatedsettings filled with the rich details of luxury; marble floors, towering gardensand glittering chandeliers.

Within this lavish world, the figures appear more‘realistic’ than in the past, their faces carrying a more potent emotive nuancethat compliments the evolved sophistication of her technique. Often appearingalone or paired with an equally attractive figure, they appear in a state oftransformation, exquisitely adorned with odd details such as clockwork gears, teacup handles and climbing filigreed molding that seem to ‘disease’ theirporcelain skin, a subtle hint at the obsessive nature of coveting beautifulobjects and the cultivation of an aesthetically pleasing contained cosmos nomatter what the cost. View more preview images after thejump.

On September 24th, Kukula returns to CoreyHelford Gallery fashioned with a new exhibition of confident, achinglybeautiful paintings, ‘Lonely Opulent Things.’ Inspired by the Roocco style andimbued with a 18th century French color palette, the works sing of amagnificent melancholy via buxom yet lithe figures set amidst antiquatedsettings filled with the rich details of luxury; marble floors, towering gardensand glittering chandeliers.

Within this lavish world, the figures appear more‘realistic’ than in the past, their faces carrying a more potent emotive nuancethat compliments the evolved sophistication of her technique. Often appearingalone or paired with an equally attractive figure, they appear in a state oftransformation, exquisitely adorned with odd details such as clockwork gears, teacup handles and climbing filigreed molding that seem to ‘disease’ theirporcelain skin, a subtle hint at the obsessive nature of coveting beautifulobjects and the cultivation of an aesthetically pleasing contained cosmos nomatter what the cost. View more preview images below.

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