OMNI is delighted to present Lost Horizon, the first UK exhibition of American artist Natalie Westbrook. Energetic, raw and powerful, these extraordinary images in spray paint, acrylic, oil and stencil allude to a spectrum of influences ranging from gestural abstraction and graffiti to printmaking and 17th-century Dutch trompe l’oeil vanitas painting.
Westbrook flirts with garish colour, frenetic patterns, glaring eyes and lipsticked grins that confound the viewer whilst the flora and fauna pays homage to the gods of fertility. Westbrooksworld embraces the disorientation of Lost Horizons, no ground, no boundaries, no gravity no linear perceptive. We are allowed to see the unseen in her huge bold monochrome and vibrant colour canvases.
The works in this exhibition are confrontational imaginings rejecting absolutely any preconceived limits of artistic style and offering instead emotional pitch, detachment and humour. Disturbing Images of stacked heads, smiling faces, untamed nature and primitive shapes almost defy one to understand Westbrook's dreamlike world.
American Artist, Natalie Westbrook’s unique pictorial language explores a world of vibrancy through a multitude of medias. Drawing inspiration from the world around her as well as the imagined world, her paintings and paper works showcase the interconnectedness of environments, humanity and the painting process itself. Born in Louisville, in 1980, Westbrook currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, where she is a professor in painting and drawing at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, as well as a Master of Fine Art in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University School of Art. She is co-founding editor of Lookie-Lookie, a quarterly art journal.Westbrook has exhibited internationally, including shows with The Hole, Los Angeles, CA; Freight+Volume, New York, NY; Mindy Solomon, Miami, FL; Rarity Gallery, Mykonos, Greece; and Galleri Golsa, Oslo, Norway. The artist’s work is held in private and public collections, including Markel Corporation, Red Bank, NJ; Capital One, Richmond, VA; and Art BankProgram, US Department of State, Washington, DC; and Haleakala National Park, Maui, HI
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