The Collectible Characters of Pop and Street Art
Debuting at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2014, Sandra Chevrier burst on the scene following Swizz Beatz’s exhibition of his curatorial project “The Dean Collection,” which featured a range of emerging and established Street Artists. Her sensual portraits of women clothed in collaged superhero comics caught the immediate attention and praise of the art world not only for their powerful and bold imagery but the message they conveyed. Chevrier has exhibited throughout North America and Europe, including shows at the Saatchi Gallery, London and the Museum of Urban Art, Berlin. —Courtesy of Julien’s Auctions
Signature: Signed in white ink lower right. Titled, signed, and dated in pencil on verso "Ink 12, Sandra Chevrier, 2012".
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Sandra Chevrier, who calls herself a “gaze collector,” creates hyperrealistic paintings of women that stare out towards the viewer. Reinterpreting the superhero mask, Chevrier covers these images with a collage of comic book prints, using scenes from Superman and Batman to conceal the faces of these idealized women. Chevrier selects sections of comic books that portray “fragile heroes,” promoting the idea that vulnerability often underlies heroism. Titled “Cages,” these mixed-media works encourage viewers to consider how the modern woman—like these superheroes—might also be surrounded by expectations of effortless perfection.
Canadian, b. 1983, Montreal, Canada, based in Montreal, Canada