“We are proud to present Double Bluff, Machiko Edmondson’s newest works over the past three years, an irresistible collection of hyper-realistic faces representing unattainable beauty, desire and identity,” stated Robert Berry, founder and CEO of Robert Berry Gallery. “When the viewer experiences these paintings from afar, they think they’re photographs, but when they come close, they can see the brush strokes. This breathtaking collection of paintings—featuring a close-up, larger than life view of a gorgeous yet generic composite model face—are truly inspiring, while creating a strange sensation of unease.”
A London native, Edmondson earned her MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London in 1995. Known for her representations of hyper-realistic faces, Edmondson’s paintings have become known around the world for their themes of beauty and identity.
“Double Bluff is about clichés of ideals and desires, in the form of dreamy, sometimes gothic-looking portraits of idealized portraits of women,” Edmondson stated. “The viewers may initially see these faces as beautiful faces from the fashion shots. But as the viewers engages with these works and scans the surface, they may come to realize that they don’t know where they stand with these paintings. Not only because of the way they are painted; the bluff goes deeper. Tricking the viewers to think that they are looking at familiar images they recognize instantly but, really, these images are just ‘signs’. Pointing at what my paintings really do want to talk about which are ‘anxiety and obsession’; existing both in the language of painting itself and in the images that I use. Beyond the image which gives them their presence, what is being portrayed here is the question of aspirational perfection of painting itself, shifting their reading between the skin of the image and the skin of the painted surface, these works become paintings of unattainable desire.”
Double Bluff will feature twelve new works from Edmondson. The 48 x 48 in, or 122 x 122 cm, paintings Face Paint and Double Bluff from this year, are painted in a looser fashion than her previous works. Edmondson wanted to introduce a hint of narrative in them by including more hair and fringe features, as opposed to the tightly-cropped, stylized faces from earlier works. The largest work is a 72 x 72 in, or 183 x 183 cm, painting titled Cadence that prominently features a woman wearing a dark veil that casts a decorative shadow pattern—painted to picture-perfect detail—over her face. The smallest work is 12 x 10 in, or 30 x 25 cm, titled Untitled, finished during COVID19 as the artist has been working furiously on smaller works in her recently-repurposed home studio. Past collectors have featured Edmondson’s work in private homes, offices, museums and public spaces to beautiful and amplify their spaces.
“I wanted this series to be beautiful and haunting, and yet slightly disconcerting,” Ms. Edmondson said.
Robert Berry Gallery hosts several shows a year, representing early to mid-career contemporary artists including Machiko Edmondson, John Ruby, David Kastner, Yibai Liao, Ned Martin, Taney Roniger, John Ruby, and Leonardo Silaghi.
About Robert Berry Gallery
Robert Berry Gallery was founded in 2014 with a focus on world-changing art. Our specialty is identifying and working collaboratively with emerging 21st century artists whose work has the ability to positively and powerfully influence society. We work with art industry professionals, galleries, museums as well as advanced and beginning art collectors to establish award-winning collections that are both meaningful and hold long-term value. Our mission is to find and promote the best artists of the post-digital world we live in. We secure the best artists across every medium from all over the world: painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, digital art, sound art, video art, and everything in between. All the artists we exhibit offer the public the highest quality in their respective style. In 2020, the gallery has migrated from pop-up project spaces to digitally-based exhibitions that can showcase new works of art that provoke the emotions of the viewer, without the rigidity and high overhead that the brick-and-mortar model the art world has historically held onto. With a focus on service and excellence, we help clients find the perfect pieces for their diverse spaces. We will even help you figure out where to put it, and show you how it will look. Robert Berry Gallery offers incredible art you won’t find anywhere else, viewable and clickable in a virtual gallery. For more information, please visit www.robertberrygallery.com.