Liz Arnold (1964-2001) was one of the most original painters to emerge onto the London art scene in the 1990s.
Her carefully crafted canvases depict cartoon-like animals seemingly imbued with human emotions. They inhabit a world that is both fantastical and familiar.
Selected for the 1996 New Contemporaries at Camden Arts Centre, and for Becks Futures at the ICA in 2000, Arnold's paintings have proved irresistible to both the critics and the public alike.
"most promising painter and, by common consent, the star of her generation"
The Independent on Liz Arnold in the New Contemporaries exhibition
'Mythic Heaven' (1995), a painting of a smoking ladybird, and 'Field Trip' (1999), a toxic landscape punctuated by green, drooping, phallic plants, are typical of her wit and unique vision. Arnold described her paintings as "little worlds", created to both escape from, and refer to, the real world.
The exhibition includes works which have never been exhibited before and is curated by four artists: Richard Kirwan, Brighid Lowe, Bridget Smith and Daniel Sturgis.
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