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Grace Mattingly’s paintings are luminously bright and playful. Feminine and gender-neutral figures mingle with animals and creatures in a fantastical, atmospheric universe. Curvaceous landscapes are peppered with cowboy boots and heels, candles, and reptiles. The works exude a sunny warmth and intimacy, with their glowing, citrusy palette, that draws you closer, even whilst their scale is often life-size. Each mark is unrehearsed and dynamic, softly yet decisively applied in oil and watercolor mediums to slick surfaces on canvas, panel, and paper. The works reflect on themes of gender and sexuality, play and improvisation, and fantasy and the unconscious. 


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