Nathlie Provosty: Recent Paintings

Nathlie Provosty, Doubleu (Dark), 2013, oil on linen in two parts, 84 x 92 inche
Nathlie Provosty, Doubleu (Dark), 2013, oil on linen in two parts, 84 x 92 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Alex Bacon writes about the recent paintings of Nathlie Provosty.

Bacon writes: "For the past few years, Provosty’s most successful paintings have been developing several formal devices, and in her latest works she has pared these down to arrive at a more complete realization of two of the most significant of these devices. The first is a juxtaposition of matte and glossy passages that variously reject, capture, and reflect light as well as the painting’s surroundings. The second is an attention to the edge of the painted field, where Provosty places subtle passages that pinch and curve pictorial space such that there is a general sense, on the part of the viewer, that the space is turning either clockwise or counterclockwise, at different rates and with varying intensity depending on the way Provosty handles these compositional elements."