This painting depicts a figure's torso, from their stubble-covered chin down to their thighs. The figure wears a brightly patterned outfit, an open shirt and overalls, that looks as if has been soaked in wine; the liquid also drips from the figure's hair and down their neck. In their hands, the figure holds an unspilled glass full of the same red liquid. The subject's matching cadmium-red hands move viewers' eyes away from the figure's face, instead focusing attention on their body language. This work's texture and intense patterning tempts viewers to reach out and stroke the work—seducing with bright colors and empathic surfaces. However, once viewers have relaxed into the painting, they realize things are not as they initially appear.
Nell Brookfield builds up her work through thin layers of natural pigments, using both acrylic medium and oil paint on linen. The artist's compositions are crops of what could be larger works, asking viewers to imagine what lurks just beyond the canvas.
Nell Brookfield’s humorous paintings exaggerate the situations they portray while exploring the strangeness of human behavior and rituals. The artist builds up thin layers of natural pigments mixed with acrylic medium and oil paint onto linen canvases, creating works that concentrate on texture and feature bright colors and intensely patterned surfaces. Brookfield’s compositions focus on body language and touch, and appear to be cropped from larger works—inviting viewers to imagine what lurks just beyond the canvas.