Leave Britney Alone
This visually rich painting depicts a crowd on a beach and is loaded with symbolic references to art history, mythology, politics and the dynamics of power. The title is a reference to Britney Spears, while the scene calls to mind current social media culture—showing people as they jockey for position to see and photograph a magical sea creature. Love's unique style incorporates multiple techniques—hyperrealism, gestural brushstrokes and a signature flat, cartoonish line—to create cohesive and dynamic compositions.
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Lucia Love’s visually rich paintings are loaded with symbolic references—drawing from art history and mythology, as well as politics and the dynamics of power. The artist’s unusual painting style combines hyperrealism with flat, cartoonish lines and gestural brushstrokes. Love's cohesive compositions find humor in macabre subject matter through strong technique and a shifting, dynamic perspective.
Lucia Love was born in New York, New York in 1988. Love studied painting and animation at the School of Visual Arts on a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.
Love is the co-host of the Art and Labor podcast, where she chronicles stories of social justice organizing within the arts.
Solo exhibitions of Love’s work have taken place at: JDJ at NADA Governors Island, New York City (2021); Kantor Gallery at Los Angeles, California (2021); JDJ the Ice House in Garrison, New York (2020); Albertz Benda in New York City (2016); Kustera Projects in Brooklyn, New York (2016); Albertz Benda in New York City (2014); and the Cue Foundation in New York City (2014).
Group exhibitions that have shown Love’s work have taken place at: JDJ Tribeca in New York City; The Hole in New York City; JDJ the Ice House in Garrison, New York; Harper’s Books in East Hampton, New York; Mirat Gallery in Madrid, Spain; Niels Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles, California; HERE Arts in New York City; JDJ Ice House in Garrison, New York; The South Brooklyn Biennial, Kustera Projects in Brooklyn, New York; The Painting Center in New York City; SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City; Glasshouse in Brooklyn, New York.
Love lives and works in New York City.
This visually rich painting depicts a beach scene as crowds of people jockey for position to see and photograph a magical sea creature. This work is loaded with symbolic references to art history, mythology, politics and the dynamics of power.More