Jennifer Guidi - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gagosian, Hong Kong
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Colours charge us externally and internally. I translate these colors into works every day. On an intuitive level, I am guided by the colours in nature.” Jennifer Guidi
    Quoted for Gemini exhibition, Gagosian Gallery, New York, 2020

    A California native, Jennifer Guidi studied at both the prestigious Boston University and the School of Art Institute of Chicago, her creative process being as unique and fascinating as her artistic ethos. Following a trip to Morocco in 2012, she shifted her earlier attention from domestic Los Angeles interior to the vivid colours and textures of Maghreb textiles, inspired by their abstract stitchings and irregularities, having also been schooled by her grandmother at an early age how to sew and knit.

    In the following year she combined these new-found sensibilities with an inventive medium – sand. Applying a thick under layer onto the canvas, she then uses a dowel to make disciplined markings in repetitive motions, adding more sand and paint as she goes along. Rejecting photographs or preliminary drawings, these paintings are products of the artist’s raw psyche, and what comes out of this arduous process are forms and compositions that are hypnotic and mesmerizing. Exuding saturated colours amongst abstracted forms, they draw us into their surreal landscapes while also reveling us in a certain sense of peaceful singularity, blocking out external factors as we delve into the compositions’ intricacies. Whilst regarding the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and Agnes Martin as influences, her practice goes beyond the tradition of Western Art, instead concerning itself with the spirituality of Hinduism and Buddhism.

    Featured in the permanent collections of the likes of the Rubell Family and the Marciano Art Foundation, her work has been picked up by the international juggernaut Gagosian Gallery, with whom she has exhibited a breathtaking solo show this year, Gemini. Maneuvering through the paradoxes of light and darkness, science and mysticism, it is easy to see how her works have become some of the most sought after by collectors and institutions alike.


Eight of Wands (White Sand #9 Mandala, Rainbow Gradient)

signed and dated ‘Jennifer Guidi 2018’ on the reverse
sand and acrylic on board
16.2 x 12.3 cm. (6 3/8 x 4 7/8 in.)
Executed in 2018.

HK$180,000 - 280,000 

Sold for HK$400,000

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020