Flora Yukhnovich: The Venice Paintings

    19 May–20 June 2020

    Last year Victoria Miro established a studio space in Venice for invited artists to spend extended time in the historic city and make new bodies of work.

    During a recent two-month residency, Flora Yukhnovich used the opportunity to engage more fully with Venetian culture. Her sources include the music of Vivaldi and the memoirs of Casanova, in addition to one of her key influences, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, whose works she was able to study first hand to create this new suite of paintings for this exhibition.

    Flora Yukhnovich: The Venice Paintings is presented by Victoria Miro in association with Parafin and is also available to view via the App Store on Vortic Collect.

    Last year Victoria Miro established a studio space in Venice for invited artists to spend extended time in the historic city and make new bodies of work. During a recent two-month residency, Flora Yukhnovich used the opportunity to engage more fully with Venetian culture. Her sources include the music of Vivaldi and the memoirs of Casanova, in addition to one of her key influences, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, whose works including ceiling frescos in the Ca’ Rezzonico museum and the Chiesa Santa Maria della Visitazione she was able to study first hand to create this new suite of paintings for this exhibition.

    Flora Yukhnovich: The Venice Paintings is presented by Victoria Miro in association with Parafin and is available to view both here and via the App Store on Vortic Collect.


    Flora Yukhnovich

    Oil on linen
    150 x 170 x 5 cm
    66 7/8 x 59 1/8 x 2 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Minuet, 2020

    Oil on linen
    150 x 245 cm
    59 1/8 x 96 1/2 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Capriccio, 2019

    Oil on linen
    170 x 150 cm
    66 7/8 x 59 1/8 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Bagatelle, 2020

    Oil on linen
    150 x 170 cm
    59 1/8 x 66 7/8 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Fantasia, 2019

    Oil on linen
    40 x 30 cm
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Untitled, 2019

    Oil on linen
    40 x 30 cm
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Untitled, 2019

    Oil on linen
    40 x 30 cm
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Untitled, 2019

    Oil on linen
    40 x 30 cm
    15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Untitled, 2019

    Oil on linen
    30 x 40 cm
    11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Untitled, 2019

    Oil on linen
    30 x 40 cm
    11 3/4 x 15 3/4 in

    Flora Yukhnovich, Untitled, 2019

    Flora Yukhnovich

    Flora working in Venice Studio.
    Image © Andree Martis

    ‘I love paint. I think it’s delicious. I find it the most thrilling, exciting stuff. I like the idea of it being excessive and luxuriating in it. And I hope that comes through in my work.’ — Flora Yukhnovich

    Since completing her masters degree in 2017, London-based artist Yukhnovich has received acclaim for paintings in which she adopts the language of Rococo, reimagining the dynamism of works by eighteenth-century artists such as Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, François Boucher, Nicolas Lancret and Jean-Antoine Watteau through a filter of contemporary cultural references including film, food and consumerism.

    A shift in emphasis from predominantly French to Italian influences has, for the artist, resulted in a number of developments and breakthroughs. While Yukhnovich has long been entranced by the idea of the fête galante – a type of painting depicting the wealthy at amorous play in parkland settings that came to prominence with Watteau – Tiepolo’s ceiling paintings have encouraged a more heavenwards focus, bringing with it a change in palette towards celestial blues and pinks and compositions that defy a gravitational pull. Brush marks, freed from describing flesh, become looser, lighter, functioning as directional cues to the viewer.


    Vortic Installation

    XR installation view, Flora Yukhnovich: The Venice Paintings, Victoria Miro on Vortic, 19 May–20 June 2020. All works © Flora Yukhnovich, courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro and Parafin

    XR installation view, Flora Yukhnovich: The Venice Paintings, Victoria Miro on Vortic, 19 May–20 June 2020. All works © Flora Yukhnovich, courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro and Parafin

    XR installation view, Flora Yukhnovich: The Venice Paintings, Victoria Miro on Vortic, 19 May–20 June 2020. All works © Flora Yukhnovich, courtesy the artist, Victoria Miro and Parafin

    Victoria Miro worked with the virtual art platform Vortic to capture these works – as well as their physical gallery spaces in London – photogrammetrically with the latest high-resolution 3D scanning technology.

    Vortic’s software and rendering techniques, which have never before been used in the industry, enable Victoria Miro to present exhibitions of 2D and 3D works in the very highest quality. These works can be experienced in Virtual Reality via the Vortic Collect app.

    Learn more about Vortic here.

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