Flora Yukhnovich – Venus Paintings

    2–7 March 2021
    VIP preview: 2–3 March from 10am CET
    Public viewing: 4 March from 10am until 7 March at 12am CET

    Victoria Miro is delighted to participate in FIAC Online Viewing Rooms with a suite of new paintings by Flora Yukhnovich. The works are available to view simultaneously in our gallery on Vortic.

    Flora Yukhnovich is acclaimed for paintings in which she adopts the language of Rococo, reimagining the dynamism of works by eighteenth-century artists such as François Boucher, Nicolas Lancret and Jean-Antoine Watteau through a filter of contemporary cultural references including film, food and consumerism.

    New paintings created especially for this presentation take their initial inspiration from works such as Boucher’s Triumph of Venus, 1740 (in the collection of the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm), which depicts Venus, seated in a seashell, surrounded by sea creatures and representations of love, such as dolphins, tritons, naiads and cupids. Other Rococo artists who have inspired this body of work include Noël-Nicolas Coypel, Gabriel François Doyen and Jean-Baptiste Marie Pierre.

    Speaking about her work, the artist says, ‘In mythology, Cronus throws Uranus’s testicles into the sea and Venus emerges, fully formed in the froth of the waves and is carried in a shell to land. I was immediately drawn to the idea of her body being made of the water. The idea of fluidity of form feels like a very painterly concept to me, a bit like creating seemingly solid figures out of wet paint… There is a tendency for water and the sea to be spoken about as female – fluid and soft but also capricious and destructive. I like the potential for strength or force in that association and it’s something I wanted to try and bring to these paintings.’

    The inaugural edition of FIAC Online Viewing Rooms takes place 2–7 March 2021.

    The works are available to view simultaneously in our gallery on Vortic.


    1

    Oil on linen
    140 x 170 cm
    55.11 x 66.92 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Tall Glass of Water, 2021

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    ‘In mythology, Venus emerges fully formed in the froth of the waves and is carried in a shell to land. I was immediately drawn to the idea of her body being made of water.’ — Flora Yukhnovich

    Works in progress in Flora Yukhnovich’s studio, London, 2021

    2

    Oil on linen
    105 x 130 cm
    41.33 x 51.18 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Îles Flottantes, 2021

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    3

    Oil on linen
    80 x 70 cm
    31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Fruits de Mer, 2021

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    Oil on linen
    90 x 100 cm
    35.43 x 39.37 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Raspberry Ripple, 2021

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    ‘The idea of fluidity of form feels like a very painterly concept to me, a bit like creating seemingly solid figures out of wet paint… ’ — Flora Yukhnovich

    Works in progress in Flora Yukhnovich’s studio, London, 2021

     


    4

    Oil on linen
    80 x 70 cm
    31 1/2 x 27 1/2 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Lick into Shape, 2021

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    Oil on linen
    80 x 70 cm
    31.50 x 27.56 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Stiff Peaks, 2021

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    Works in progress in Flora Yukhnovich’s studio, London, 2021

    5

    Oil on linen
    60 x 70 cm
    23 5/8 x 27 1/2 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Au Jus, 2021

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    Oil on linen
    60 x 70 cm
    23 5/8 x 27 1/2 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Vol-Au-Vent, 2021

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    ‘There is a tendency for water and the sea to be spoken about as female – fluid and soft but also capricious and destructive. I like the potential for strength or force in that association…’ — Flora Yukhnovich


    Vortic installation

    Contemporaneously with FIAC Online Viewing Rooms, the works have been installed in our gallery on Vortic, the leading virtual and augmented reality platform for the art world.

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