The Telegraph have published a great review by Louisa Buck of Lisa Brice’s recent solo exhibition at Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.
Brice’s fluid, spare draughtsmanship is a powerful feature of these paintings. They are direct, uncluttered and matter-of-fact. Yet at the same time this highly accomplished painter uses the most economical means to express shifting moments of light and atmosphere and to conjure up intense, psychologically complex scenarios.
The women simply do their own thing, neither inviting nor rebuffing our gaze. Except, that is, just over half way through the sequence when, in just one painting, an aggressively snarling cat stares out as it stands guard against any undesirable voyeurs. You can practically hear the hiss and spit as it bares its fangs and partially blocks the view of two naked women in the background. Leer at your peril: in these subtle, brilliant paintings it is all about who is doing the looking.
Read the full review here.