Carla Busuttil, ‘No More History (Horse Mask)’, 2015, Goodman Gallery

About Carla Busuttil

Claiming, “within my work, it is the quality of painting that matters. Content is secondary—always secondary,” Carla Busuttil fills her canvases with dark and vivid images of monstrous humanoid figures, shaped primarily by the process of painting itself. She revels in the physical qualities of her medium, as evidenced by her bold, expressive brushstrokes, nuanced color combinations, and deft handling of oil paint. Her figures—ghastly grinning ladies; bug-eyed generals; children with smeared, undefined features—are formed from an amalgam of hues and of photographic images that Busuttil finds in libraries, newspapers, and magazines. She gravitates towards pictures of conflict. Her hybrid beings retain recognizable traces of these source images and the violence and chaos they capture. They are, in part, fusions of people and wars across time and cultures, “a line through diverse histories,” as Busuttil describes.

South African, b. 1982, Johannesburg, South Africa, based in Berlin, Germany

Group Shows

2018
Cuchifritos Gallery, 
New York, NY, USA,
Scenes From A Chasm
2008
Atkinson Gallery, 
Somerset, United Kingdom,
MA Show
2007
La Viande Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom,
Neck to Nuts
2007
Chelsea Arts Club, 
London, United Kingdom,
Carla Busittil
2007
Fringe Festival, 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom,
Painting Music – Performance
2007
Royal Academy of Arts, 
London, United Kingdom,
Premiums
2007
Nolias Gallery, 
London, United Kingdom,
Influx
2006
La Viande, 
London, United Kingdom,
Carla Busittil
2006
Painters' Hall, 
London, United Kingdom,
Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition,
2006
Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show, 
London, United Kingdom,
Summer Show
2004
Northcliff, 
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa,
Art Space
2004
The Bag Factory, 
Newtown, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa,
Herd – Wits University Group Show
2004
Johannesburg Art Gallery, 
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa,
Conciliation
2004
University of Witwatersrand, 
Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa,
Martienssen
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