New abstract art

Lesley Vance

American abstract art: Lesley Vance

In recent years, Los Angeles artist Lesley Vance has shifted her focus from representational to abstract painting; or at least, abstraction in which vestiges of figuration tantalisingly remain.

What emerges amounts to an appraisal of painting itself, an enquiry into the boundaries that separate abstract form and mimetic illusion.

Pairing finely worked, near-realist motifs - a hemmed edge of cloth; textured wood-like surfaces - with fluid loops and pools of pigment, Vance's looser paintwork vacillates somewhere between impressionism and abstraction, poised on the brink of defining dimensionality and form.

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