Familiarity, warmth, and exuberance take center stage in Hope Gangloff's latest exhibit, a series of acrylic-based portraits currently on view at the LA-based Richard Heller gallery. The figurative works stem from tender encounters with close individuals, mostly friends from Gangloff's inner circle, who are presented in a succession of engaging and intimate moments. Gangloff continues in depicting creative life in Brooklyn through vivid, expressive, and highly textured canvases bursting with fluorescent waves. Artist peers such as Yuri Masnyj (former classmate from Cooper Union) and Benjamin Degen (Gangloff's husband), as well as rising actor Christopher Abbott (of 'Girls' fame) have all served as characters in her work, beautifully captured in a variety of vulnerable, pensive, and introspective states. Executing her paintings in a large-scale format coupled with a striking color palette, mundane aspects of everyday life - laying in bed, playing chess, waiting at the airport, getting dressed - become sublime and compelling scenes. In these casual snapshots, as seen through the artist's bright and vibrant lens, Gangloff presents contemporary American urban life and challenges us to cherish the ordinary in our daily lives.
Hope Gangloff was born in Amityville, Long Island and is a graduate of Cooper Union. Gangloff is represented by Susan Inglett in New York and by Art Dept for her illustration work. The artist lives and works in upstate New York. Hope Gangloff: New Paintings will be on view through April 30 at Richard Heller in Santa Monica, CA.
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