“I had a coup-de-Coeur for the art of Beatriz Guzman Catena, Gigi Mills, Hormazd Narielwalla, Gail
Postal, and Luiz D’Orey. They come from Latin America, the United States of America and Great Britain,
and they each bring a warm clarity in our very chaotic and uncertain world,” explains Emmanuelle Grelier,
the founder of her eponymous gallery. “I have found their paintings and works on paper not only to have a
soothing effect to the mind but also an inspiring feel to the heart. They all tell a story of humanity and
Hormazd Narielwalla’s series of Frida Kahlo celebrates with humor the Mexican visionary artist’s
influence on fashion but also her iconic message that there is nothing women cannot accomplish.
“Narielwalla believes that ‘shapes created by and for a body long dead can give new dimensions, new
perspectives for the living body,” wrote Nancy Campbell in Printmaking.
Santa Fe based artist Gigi Mills chronicles daily life through paintings in which people become silhouettes
and can relax into reverie, intimacy, and self-reflection. Mills reduces each moment to its absolute essence by
removing details that tend to obscure what is truly being experienced.
Her beaches, seaside, and interiors are placed in a juxtaposing mixture of points of view.
The physical body is also very much at the core of Gail Postal’s art, a winner of the 2018 Billboard Creative
in Los Angeles. Postal’s paintings transform ordinary people into icons, revealing their every day’s dignity
and beauty. “Life is pretty hard sometimes,” Postal says, “but I try to convey a kind of beauty – not a
standard academic beauty, but a combination of inner beauty and an ideal of who the person really is.”
Postal’s images marry the intense detail of graphite pencil drawings with vivid colors and patterns against a
golden background, embellished with glitter and sparkly crystals.Rather than imagining new spaces, Argentinean born Beatriz Guzman Catena revisits, lets blurry
memories—ghostly images even—resurface from her recollections. “Every picture is a collage that I piece
together to rebuild an everyday scene of my life.”
“What has survived in memory is ranked and
categorized,” Guzman Catena says. “Maps,
blueprints, any cartography or visual reference
from the real world are the basis for my
preliminary notes and sketches. However, I
deliberately introduce a sense of doubt about the
events, simply by replacing a character with an
historical element that take his or her place.”
People become invisible in Luiz d’Orey’s collages and paintings, yet
they are at the forefront of this latest series that takes on new urban
environments and deconstructed cities. The Brazilian born artist uses
posters he has found on construction site walls in New York City to
morph the wall he is creating into new ones through a multi-layer of
collected and ripped prints.
“There is a softness and tenderness of life in each of these five artists,” says Grelier. “I find that both the
kindness of the art and the personality of these artists create a rare feeling of peace.”