Anna Halldin Maule

West Coast Gallery Hopping

This week, we’re heading back to the West Coast to attend the opening of Personaat San Francisco based gallery, Scott Richards Contemporary Art. Persona is the first U.S. solo exhibition for Swedish transplant, Anna Halldin-Maule (Swedish, 1972). The exhibition will showcase a series of portraits-all of which depict young women partially nude and adorned with fanciful ornamentations of some variety. For instance, Imitation of Life depicts a woman with an elaborate floral headdress. This work takes on an almost ethereal quality, owing to the muted color palette and choice of adornment. All of her works follow this trend, making her portraits at once minimalistic and otherworldly.

When you first come across the portraits in this exhibit, you might be inclined to mistake them for photographs since they appear hyper-real. This photorealism is a hallmark of Halldin-Maule’s technique. Though these works are in fact oil paintings, the influence of photography is implicit in their construction. Halldin-Maule paints from life. She frames, plans and positions her works and strives to make her pieces look as close to reality as possible, which is not so dissimilar to what a photograph captures. Although there is an underlying irony to this, since her subjects don’t appear to be a part of this world at all.

Through the works on display, Halldin-Maule explores the idea of “glamour” and specifically in relation to attitudes towards women. Society imposes the expectation to be glamourous, i.e., at all times enviable and desirable, on women. These works question the idea that “glamour” is deeply embedded in the feminine mystique by simultaneously confirming its existence, through the ethereal compositions, and also by refuting it, by begging the viewer to consider why a woman’s identity might be so bound up with this concept. Halldin-Maule tries to figure out what defines female identity by visually sifting through all these societal expectations.

What first may seem like a series of whimsical portraits blossoms into a complex commentary on femaleness. This is surely a unique exhibit worth checking out. Come join us on the San Francisco bay!

We would be remiss not to mention these other great exhibits opening this week!

Knokke

COBRA at Robinsons Art Gallery

London

Syria’s Apex Generation, London at Ayyam Gallery

Portland, Oregon

August Artist of the Month: New Oil And Acrylic Paintings by Arne Westerman at Attic Gallery



 

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Hyperrealistic Feminine Portraits Question Expectations of Beauty

Initially, these images appear to be crisp, elegant photographs. However, in reality, each hyperrealistic image is an oil painting created by artist Anna Halldin Maule. With unbelievable attention to detail, the Hawaii-based artist produces amazingly detailed, beautifully feminine portraits.

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Hyperrealistic Feminine Portraits Question Expectations of Beauty

Initially, these images appear to be crisp, elegant photographs. However, in reality, each hyperrealistic image is an oil painting created by artist Anna Halldin Maule. With unbelievable attention to detail, the Hawaii-based artist produces amazingly detailed, beautifully feminine portraits. 

These are incredible.