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Grace Graupe-Pillard

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States the artist, “I metaphorically dissolve into my subjects. I am admittedly a “voyeur” in the sense that I like observing something that is considered to be private. I feel that voyeurism in the context of art requires a penetrating look at the human physiognomy – be it the face or the naked body fully exposed – conjoined through the medium of paint, a sensual phenomenon that occurs when I work without restraint, without self-consciousness, taking poignant risks that reveal a shared humanity.”

Graupe-Pillard has concentrated on portraiture since her early charcoal drawings which she exhibited at The Drawing Center, NYC in 1981. Her work, which has been exhibited at notable institutions such as MOMA PS1 and galleries including Cheim & Read Gallery (NY) and Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago), has evolved from over the years from pastels to large-scale oil paintings and installations of people who she describes as “having not been integrated into mainstream society.” Her more recent paintings, inspired by selfies and iPhone photographs, attempt to convey the vitality and diversity of 21st century contemporary culture while capturing the ineffable moments in our lives. “The sensuality and radiant beauty of youth and ethnic diversity are depicted in my choice of subjects, as well as the ravages of time which are imprinted on our being. All stages of life are filled with humanity that both elevates and dissipates the spirit.”

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