08 - 31 May 2019

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 Maddox Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Coco Dávez, in her first solo exhibition in the UK. 

Listed as one of the most influential artists in the world and one to invest in now, Dávez’s paintings are at once uniquely identifiable. Her signature technique is achieved through unconstrained brushwork and pure acrylic colour on canvas, paying homage to the Fauvist artists who have deeply inspired her practice. Primarily experimenting with colour and shape, Dávez’s subjects are a diverse blend of cultural and historical influences ranging from celebrities, musicians and artists, to film characters and cartoons.

In her most recent collection, ‘Faceless,’ Dávez engages with the dialogue of popular culture and society’s obsession with icons. Large, exquisitely bright canvases portray a range of notable people from Amy Winehouse to Frida Kahlo, David Bowie to David Hockney, the outline of each person is a smooth blend of rich, contrasting colours and dark shadows. Seeking a new way to combine Neorealism and Pop Art, Dávez’s decision to eliminate facial features from her works adds a semi-abstract layer to each painting and immediately invites the viewer to partake in a game of “Guess Who?” 

Visually arresting and sharp in detail, Dávez’s work has been described as ‘art for the digital age.’ Paying homage to icons as influential as Yayoi Kusama, Grace Jones, Iris Apfel, Pablo Picasso, Amy Winehouse, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Don Draper, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and Coco Chanel, the works are a fun examination of the characters and creatives that have come to shape our popular culture, by one of the most talented and imaginative artists working today