AboutFreya Guest makes paintings that are small and cramped. The images are cranky, and the paint is heavy-handed and strained, depicting stifled forms that are squeezed and confined into constricted spaces.
The work speaks in a fractured visual language: the handling of the paint quotes phrases from various painterly dialects, communicating nomadic influences that wander from Van Gogh to The Simpsons, and back again via Cubism, taking in some Renaissance en route.
Throughout the work, there is self-awareness and a humour that relieves the paintings of becoming overly fraught. It is a comedy that is coupled with sincerity, and which expresses genuine warmth towards the sometimes contradictory nature of painting.
Freya Guest was born in 1990 and lives and works in London. She graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012 where she studied BA Painting. Exhibitions include Future Map 12 and Hans Brinker Budget Hotel in Amsterdam. She was the winner of Barbican Arts Trust's ArtWorks Open 2012.