Foxy Gangstas

January 28, 2021February 18, 2021

Allouche Benias Gallery is pleased to announce the preciew of its upcoming exhibition, which will co-host two new shows; Don't Burn the House Down Yet by Jordy Kerwick and Foxy Gangstas by Bel Fullana.

Jordy Kerwick (b.1982) is a self-taught Australian painter who lives and works in Albi, France. Being influenced by depictions of still life in modern art, he challenges the naivete of old masters through his contemporary perspective. His mixed media technique is characterized by bold color combinations, thick outlines, spray-paint and collage. In Don't Burn the House Down Yet the artist brings forth a reflection of his own feelings and the world that surrounds his existence. His intimate references to common objects, such as plants and rugs, create compelling contradictions with the rough energy of his patterned wild animals. Even though his process is mostly spontaneous, the paintings come together in a figurative prospect, promoting the familiar feeling of domestic warmth and safety. In this series of work the canvas reflects the most unrefined and unapologetic parts of himself within powerful impasto brushstrokes that flatten the perception of space.

Being rapidly recognized by the art world, in the past few years, Jordy Kerwick has taken part in exhibitions of galleries in Sydney, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Connecticut, London, Paris, Copenhagen, Cologne, Hamburg and Tokyo. He was also included in the shows Abstraction/Figuration and Stilleben of Vra Museum in Denmark and in art fairs such as Untitled Miami and Future Fair. His works can be found in various collections around the world.

Bel Fullana (b. 1985) has studied Fine Arts in Sant Jordi University of Barcelona. Her work is characterized by the duality of dark and mature themes in colorful painterly settings. The aggressiveness and criminal look of her characters is reinterpreted by showcasing their exhibitionist tendencies. Her menacing but cheerful personas are often presented with tattoos, pistols and fishnet stockings, reclaiming their freedom to act anyway they wish, no matter the consequences. In Foxy Gangstas she is taking to the extreme the street culture and lifestyle that has infuenced the lives of post-millenial generations. Having observed the content of social media, especially Instagram, the artist has created a series of paintings that reflect the styles of perreo, twerk and reggaeton, represented by women who dress and act according to the extravagance of these new trends.

Bel Fullana has had various solo exhibitions in galleries in Europe, the United States, as well as South America. Her work has also been shown in numerous art fairs such as Untitled Miami; Arco Madrid; Chaco, Santiago de Chile; Sunday, London and Art Copenhagen. She has received the Prize Ciutat de Palma of Visual Arts and has been included in curated projects at MACE Ibiza, Sala de Arte Joven Comunidad de Madrid, Es Baluard Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Palma and at Casal Solleric.

The works of the two artists create a playful and carefree environment with an ominous insight. Both figurative painters, that have exhibited together in the past, use the color and brushstroke in order to create a dynamic and intense clarity. While Jordy reminds us of the family affection we secretly desire, Bel allows the canvas to bring to light vicious and threatening fantasies. The romanticism of those ideals now reveals a deep sense of destruction.