Beatriz Milhazes - BRIC London Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, London

  • Exhibited

    Demons, Yarns & Tales: London, The Dairy, 10 - 22 November 2008; Miami, The Lift, 3 - 6 December 2008

  • Literature

    Demons, Yarns & Tales,, The Dairy, London; The Lift, Miami, 2008, p. 43 (illustrated in colour)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Ranging from ochres to rust, olive and grey, the autumnal colours of the tapestry are more sober, more English, than the vibrant palette she normally uses. Separated by fine purple lines, the interlocking shapes look like pieces of variously coloured wood inlaid in a marquetry panel. The purple also establishes a visual link with the purple, blue and grey silk petals of the large, central flower. The colour and density of the design remind me of wallpapers and textiles produced by William Morris. Was it her intention to refer to English pattern-making? ‘Not really’, she says. ‘What excited me about the tapestry was the opportunity to experience new possibilities, to draw a design for the completely different medium. I look at textile designs in general, though, and sometimes ideas emerge form them, and the colour combinations were consciously influenced by them.’
    (Demons, Yarns & Tales, exh. cat., The Dairy, London, and The Lift, Miami, 2008, p. 32)

  • Artist Biography

    Beatriz Milhazes

    Brazilian • 1960

    Beatriz Milhazes is best known for her vibrantly colored yet calculated compositions. The artist has cited Baroque architecture, lace work, Carnival decoration and the flora of the Jardim Botanico in Rio de Janiero chief among her inspirations. Milhazes' artistic practice is akin to monotype or collage in that the artist first paints motifs directly onto transparent plastic sheets and later applies them to the canvas, leaving the plastic to dry. The superimposed image allows for overlapping and layering, resulting in a textured canvas and a distorted central focal point. While seemingly chaotic, Milhazes' compositions are perfectly balanced due to the artist's technically sophisticated use of geometric forms and chromatic color palate.

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Wool background, silk floral motif, tapestry.
200 x 200 cm (78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in).
Signed 'B. Milhazes' on label affixed to the reverse. This work is from an edition of 5.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £49,250


14 - 15 April 2011