DOTS and Pixels, a lively show of painting by three contemporary artists, Léopoldine Roux, Nathalie Grenier and Li Wei has opened at Alice Mogabgab Gallery in Beirut. Inspired by the words of Pablo Picasso, “Some painters turn the sun into a yellow dot; others turn a yellow dot into the sun”, these artists explore creativity in a colourful confetti of splatters, stipples and speckles. Using a diverse mix of materials including nail lacquer, acrylics and China ink, they dot and pixelate their landscapes within three very individual styles.
Léopoldine Roux, Promenade #19 (detail), mixed media on canvas, 114 x 146 cm.
Photograph: the artist and Alice Mogabgab Gallery
Léopoldine Roux brings childhood nostalgia to life by painting dots on vintage postcards. Her dots become surging crowds on promenades, fruity pink umbrellas or fizzy lemon lollipops. Nathalie Grenier’s cathedral on Japanese paper rises from clusters of mottled bluish dots. Cavernous forms dissolve and re-emerge in a scattering of light and shade cloaking the canvas from edge to edge. Li Wei’s sepia coloured painting resembles pixelated photographs but also references Chinese tradition through choice of medium and subject matter. The artist creates images by enlarging photographs to the point of pixelation and then meticulously repainting the details.
by Miranda Charalambous
Dots and Pixels runs until September 9, 2016 at Alice Mogabgab Gallery, 1 Floor, Karam Building, Ashrafieh Street, Beirut, Lebanon
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Front page image: Léopoldine Roux, Bubble Painting #08 (detail), 2015, mixed media on canvas, 120 x 80 cm. Photograph: the artist and Alice Mogabgab GalleryTags: Alice Mogabgab Gallery > Beirut > contemporary > Dots and Pixels > exhibition > Lebanon > Léopoldine Roux > Li Wei > Nathalie Grenier > painting > Picasso