LONDON.- Maddox Gallery
is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Coco Dávez, in her first solo exhibition in the UK.
Listed as one of the most influential artists in the world and one to invest in now, Dávezs paintings are at once uniquely identifiable. Her signature technique is achieved through unconstrained brushwork and pure acrylic colour on canvas, paying homage to the Fauvist artists who have deeply inspired her practice. Primarily experimenting with colour and shape, Dávezs subjects are a diverse blend of cultural and historical influences ranging from celebrities, musicians and artists, to film characters and cartoons.
In her most recent collection, Faceless, Dávez engages with the dialogue of popular culture and societys obsession with icons. Large, exquisitely bright canvases portray a range of notable people from Amy Winehouse to Frida Kahlo, David Bowie to David Hockney, the outline of each person is a smooth blend of rich, contrasting colours and dark shadows. Seeking a new way to combine Neorealism and Pop Art, Dávezs decision to eliminate facial features from her works adds a semiabstract layer to each painting and immediately invites the viewer to partake in a guessing game of Guess Who?
Visually arresting and sharp in detail, Dávezs work has been described as art for the digital age. Paying homage to icons as influential as Yayoi Kusama, Grace Jones, Iris Apfel, Pablo Picasso, Amy Winehouse, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Don Draper, Jackie Kennedy, Princess Diana and Coco Chanel, the works are a fun examination of the characters and creatives that have come to shape our popular culture, by one of the most talented and imaginative artists working today.
Faceless is on display at Maddox Gallery Westbourne Grove from 10th to 31st May 2019.
Coco Dávez is the alter-ego of Valeria Palmeiro (Madrid, 1989). Self-taught and interested in utilising different artistic mediums such as photography, fashion illustration and painting, Dávez began her career in London in 2010 whilst working as an illustrator for Spanish newspaper El Mundo. Quickly recognised for her vibrant, identifiable style, Dávez has since collaborated with a vast number of high-end brands including Chanel, Shiseido, Desigual, Dior, Prada, Vogue, Eastpak, Pepe Jeans, Samsung, New Balance, Puma, Bombay Sapphire, Kenzo and Nespresso. Dávezs work has been exhibited at galleries in Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona, Brussels, Madrid and Queensland. Recently, Dávez was listed in Forbes 30 under 30 list as one of the most influential artists in the world and was the only Spanish artist to be included in GQs 10 Best Artists Working Today. Her first book Faceless was released in 2019, published by Lunwerg. Dávez lives and works in Madrid.