Camila Oliveira Fairclough works with language and abstraction. Her wry and idiosyncratic painting draws from so-called hard-edge and geometric traditions and is as informed by popular culture as it is by classical graphic design. Fairclough paints by hand, applying her generally uninflected fields of color with pain-staking, but invariably imperfect human precision. This not only invests the work with an appreciable warmth, but also a sense of vulnerability and intimacy – two values not normally associated with the opacity of the painting traditions in which she awkwardly, but winsomely inserts herself. Language is used sparingly, but with great humor and tenderness, retaining the evocativeness of her wildly divergent sources. Her’s is a human painting; at once wonky and sharp, its urbane slinkiness and unsubtle penchant to celebrate color is anything but removed from the world. Rather it fully inhabits it.
Language and abstraction – Chris Sharp, 2012
Camila Oliveira Fairclough (1979), born in Rio de Jeneiro (Brazil) and based in Paris. She studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, graduated in 2005. Recent exhibitions include: Galeria Luis Adelantado (Valencia), Galerie Joy de Rouvre (Genève), Emmanuel Hervé Gallery (Paris), La vitrine du Plateau – FRAC Ile de France, MuCEM (Marseille), Frac Aquitaine (Bordeaux), Musée des Beaux Arts de Dole (France), Air de Paris Gallery (Paris), Praz-Delavallade Gallery (Paris), Le Quartier (Quimper), Shanaynay (Paris), MinusSpace (Brooklyn, NY), CRAC Alsace (Altkirch), CAN (Neuchâtel), Villa Médicis (Rome), Galerie van Gelder (Amsterdam), Le Palais de Paris (Gunma), Chiso Galerie (Kyoto), MoinsUn (Paris), AB Contemporary (Zürich). Collections: FRAC Ile de France, Paris / MAC/VAL Vitry-sur-Seine / Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris / MAMCO, Geneva / FRAC Alsace, Sélestat / FRAC Bretagne / FRAC Normandie, Rouen / Norac collection, Rennes / Private collections.
Upcoming exhibitions: Solo Show, Grandpalazzo, with Emmanuel Hervé Gallery, Rome, Italy, 05-2017 – Flatland / abstractions narratives #2, curated by Sarah Ihler-Meyer and Marianne Derrien, Mudam Luxembourg, 07-2017, Solo Show, ‘Everybody is looking for something’, Kasia Michalski Gallery, Warszawa, Poland, 01-2018
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