Lara Viana‘s paintings look as if they might have been chiseled down from thick blocks of oil paint, rather than the media having been applied to the surface. The layers of paint in her hauntingly rendered scenes tangle and fold onto one another like rumpled bed sheets. Abandoned dinner parties and smudged, silhouetted flower arrangements are presented in a muted palate that suggests faded memories—so long gone that one might never grasp onto them again. Viana’s new work is currently on view in a solo exhibition at Domo Baal in London—her first solo show at the space, following the 2009 group exhibition, Time is a Sausage.
In an essay for Viana’s recent solo exhibition at Exeter Phoenix, London-based writer, Rebecca Geldard, said of the work, “…back in the studio, and drawn into a Viana Rorschach–image conundrum, one remembers that these works are as much about the nature of living as the removed technical recording of it.”
Lara Viana was born and raised in Salvador, Brazil. She earned her BFA from the UK’s Falmouth School of Art and her MFA from the Painting Department at the Royal College of Art in London She was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2008 and the Whitechapel Gallery’s East End Academy 2009: The Painting Edition. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group shows around London, including at Blyth Gallery, Contemporary Art Projects, Transition Gallery, Tricycle Gallery, and many more. Viana is also currently exhibiting in Psychic Geography at Workplace Gallery in Gateshead.