gouache, ink, mother of pearl and 22k gold leaf on panel
50,8 x 40,64 cm
20 x 16 in
USD 6.500 (+ VAT if applicable)
When Bates inquires into social functions of families and the role of women in creating identities she does that from a personal point of view, but also refers to a broader cultural phenomenon. To create her vibrant, sometimes sunny, somehow dreamlike domestic scenes Bates relies on her technical minuteness, which leads her to work as attentive to detail as a manuscript illuminator. This impression is enhanced by the materials that the artist uses: not only gouache and ink, but also mother of pearl and gold leaf - on panel, not on canvas.
In After Party we see all that. A floor rug, the tropical plant vase, the wicker furniture and the tile roof betray the latin scenario of this afternoon tea. Meanwhile the realism with which the human faces are painted contrasts with their ludic ornamented setting. Accepting the invitation to a closer look, one will continue to find unexpected details and surprises in this painting.
Larissa Bates graduated from Hampshire College in 2003 with a degree in Studio Art. She has been the recipient of the Artadia Award and was a resident artist at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.