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In this painting, jewel-toned oysters and prawns are nestled within a lush and gestural background that is characteristic of the artist’s work. Messer presents viewers with an otherworldly seafood tower through fluid strokes of royal blue and tangerine.
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Bordering on abstract expressionism, Jo Messer’s paintings offer stimulating and amusing comments about sexual identity and the human body. The artist’s canvases are populated by naked female figures engaged in enigmatic activities—understood as either highly erotic poses, or the artist’s whimsical remarks on the classic genre of the nude. Messer’s unique style explores painting’s full potential while playing with the historical and conceptual underpinnings of the medium.