Steve Turner is pleased to present Las Soledades, a solo exhibition by London-based Natalia Gonzalez Martin that features recent paintings which depict women in close-up detail. Of the seventeen works on view, there is but one that depicts her female subject from head to toe. The rest focus on various parts of the body–a hand, a foot, a pair of hands, legs, a torso or a face. Some have droplets of water on their skin; some hold fruit that drips juice, and all are draped in cloth or their own long hair. The subjects are demure, yet seductive and appealing. They have an ageless quality, a cross between a 1940s pinup model and an Eve from a Lucas Cranach painting. As Martin paints with luscious oils on wood panels, she depicts skin tones of creamy white with accents of pink and red with just the right satin finish. This makes her figures elegant, smooth and refined. Her compositions are inspired by Christian narratives as well as “Desert Mothers,” women who lived ascetic, solitary and spiritual lives in the fourth and fifth centuries in the region of the holy land. According to Martin, “I wanted to present an updated image of the Desert Mother, to look at their choice of having an unconventional life as wanderers who lived outdoors, and in so doing, to address contemporary isolation.”
Natalia Gonzalez Martin (born 1995, Montejo de la Sierra, Spain) earned a BA in Painting at City & Guilds of London Art School (2017). Her work has been featured in a solo and two-person exhibitions at Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva (2021) and Quench Gallery, Margate (2021) as well as in group exhibitions at Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2021); Hannah Barry Gallery, London (2021) and Guts Gallery, London (2021). Las Soledades is Martin’s American debut solo exhibition and her first exhibition with Steve Turner.