An exhibition of paintings by Jackie Edwards celebrating the life and work of Frida Kahlo will run in Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin from the 1st to the 15th August 2020.
Born in London to Irish parents, Jackie Edwards is now based in Ireland. She has been painting since childhood and attended Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design and has exhibited in Ireland, Europe, and the UK since 1989. Her work has been shown in Ireland, England, Scotland, Amsterdam, Brussels and Berlin, and is collected worldwide, including the Irish State Collection (OPW). She received a double award at the Royal Academy Ulster 2015.
Edwards’ paintings are the study of character and dynamic found in the human figurative form, creating beautiful, ethereal portraits which use the interplay between light and shadow to create dramatic pieces. Her newest series of paintings focus on the life and work of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) who was mainly known for her portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico.
Edwards was inspired to create this series after completing a month-long artist’s residency in Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico four years ago. Edwards, in collaboration with her Italian friend and model Lucrezia from Ferrara, Italy, has drawn inspiration from Frida’s paintings, particularly her self portraits, to create dramatic and dynamic pieces that are true to her own style while incorporating that of Kahlo.
“I want to create an authentic portrayal of Frida and her self-portraits, and to pay homage to her. I want to immerse the viewer in Kahlo's world, but in a style that is very much my own, inspired and helped by my model and muse Lucrezia."
The show, comprising of 12 new works, will be on display at Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, from the 1st to the 15th August 2020.