Renata Pari-Lewis

Intimate

24 November — 5 December 2020

Born 1975, Czechoslovakia
Lives and works in Sydney

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Represented by nanda\hobbs

Renata Pari-Lewis’ artworks are profound, evocative investigations into the spaces we live in. Intimate is an exhibition about the domestic—of the context of home and the familiar. The artist leads her viewer into constructed rooms filled with forms of the ‘everyday’. Through whiplash brushstrokes, the suggested sweeping arch of a chair, the eclipse of a vacant vase, are intrinsically known. Even bold stampings of circular forms are obtuse, abstracted but for our association to colour. Cézanne pears and Matisse apples become instantly apparent, tritely familiar—almost survey markers to a pictorial scape; foreign to all but to the imaginings of Pari-Lewis and the occupier we never see…

It’s in this moment, Pari-Lewis allows us to superimpose our own narrative within the frame created by ‘the artist’. Metaphors abound, the translucent glow from a window casts light over objects collected by a tenant who has taken up residence in our imagination. Her ‘interiors’ ultimately become portraits of those who voyeuristically inhabit them, created in the half light of realism and expressionism.

Intimate is the first body of work to be exhibited by Renata Pari-Lewis at Nanda\Hobbs. Earlier this year Pari-Lewis was a finalist in the prestigious Portia Geach Memorial Award for portraiture—a follow up to her success in 2019 as a Semi-finalist in the Darling Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Eloise Cato
November, 2020

\ Exhibition featured works

Renata Pari-Lewis

Between Light and seeing

2018 \ Acrylic on board \ 60 x 75cm

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Breathe

2020 \ Acrylic on board \ 60 x 75cm

SOLD

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Just So

2020 \ Mixed media on board \ 61 x 66cm

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Opening

2018 \ Acrylic on board \ 60 x 75cm

SOLD

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Promise

2020 \ Acrylic on canvas on board \ 120 x 120cm

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Untitled III

2018 \ Gouache on paper \ 15 x 20cm

SOLD

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Untitled IX

2018 \ Gouache on paper \ 15 x 15cm

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Untitled V

2018 \ Gouache on paper \ 15 x 20cm

SOLD

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Untitled X

2018 \ Gouache on paper \ 15 x 15cm

SOLD

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Untitled XII

2020 \ Acrylic on board \ 28 x 35cm

SOLD

Renata Pari-Lewis

Us Versus them

2018 \ Acrylic on board \ 60 x 75cm

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\ Installation photo

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\ Installation photo

\ Other exhibitions

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9 x 5"

Group Exhibition

22 January — 6 February 2021

PLACE

Group Exhibition

21 January — 6 February 2021

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12 - 14 Meagher Street Chippendale, NSW 2008
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 11am - 4pm COVID Safe Check-in: As part of the Nanda\Hobbs COVID safety plan, all visitors to the gallery must sign in via the Service NSW QR code.