Beatriz Milhazes - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Saturday, June 28, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Elba Benitez Gallery, Madrid

  • Catalogue Essay

    Born in Brazil, Beatriz Milhazes has become known for her vibrant, patterned paintings, prints and drawings touching on a variety of popular Brazilian decorative motifs. Commenting on a contemporary interest in colour, pattern and texture, Milhazes' work is filled with cultural quotations and references to other arts, such as the Baroque period and to Brazilian popular culture.
    Using a technique, which is borrowed from monotype printing but has counterparts in craft and folk traditions, Pre-Columbian, colonial and contemporary, the visual effects of her paintings are striking in their detailed fineness. Stamped, embossed and collaged, infuses her surfaces with an interesting resistance and keeps the expressivity implicit to the artist's touch.

  • 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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Os filhos de Graham

Oil on canvas.
130 x 110cm. (51 1/8 x 43 1/4 in).
Signed, titled and dated 'B. Milhazes "Os Filhos de Graham" 1997' on the reverse

£100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for £121,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm