Life of Frida Kahlo celebrated in Jackie Edwards exhibition

Jackie Edwards, BlueBird (Frida Kahlo)

An exhibition of paintings, celebrating the life and work of one of the world’s best loved artists, Frida Kahlo, will run in Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, from August 1 to 15.

Artist, Jackie Edwards, was inspired to create the exhibition, after completing a month-long artist’s residency in Lake Chapala, Ajijic, Mexico four years ago.

In collaboration with her Italian friend, muse, and model, Lucrezia, from Ferrara, Italy, Edwards has drawn inspiration from Frida’s paintings, particularly her self-portraits, to create dramatic and dynamic pieces that are true to her own style, while incorporating that of Kahlo’s.

The paintings echo their Kahlo counterparts, while adding a contemporary spin, to create a hybrid fusion of old and new in an exciting modern format.

Edwards’ paintings are dynamic character studies of the human figurative form, and she creates ethereal portraits, which use the interplay between light and shadow to create dramatic pieces.

The iconic Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954) was mainly known for her portraits, self-portraits, and works inspired by the nature and artefacts of Mexico.

“I want to create an authentic portrayal of Frida and her self-portraits, and to pay homage to her,” said Edwards.

“I want to immerse the viewer in Kahlo’s world, but in a style that is very much my own, inspired and helped by my model and muse Lucrezia.”

Born in London to Irish parents, Jackie Edwards has been painting since childhood, and attended Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design. She has exhibited in Ireland, Europe, and the UK since 1989.

She received a double award at the Royal Academy Ulster 2015, and last year she exhibited works in the USA, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Wausau, Wisconsin.

The show, comprising of a number of new works, will be on display at Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, from the August 1 to 15.

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