05/04/2023 - 30/05/2023
Contemporary - Painting
Lorena Lohr - Desert Nudes
Desert Nudes is an ongoing series of paintings by Lorena Lohr. Primarily known as a photographer, this suite of twenty two oils on panel, created over a nine year period, culminate into a debut painting show for Lohr. These works are an extension of Lohr’s self-taught dual artistic practice.
Desert Nudes are fundamentally influenced by Lohr’s independent travels on the Greyhound bus and railway lines in America. Her extensive trips across the American Southwest spurred Lohr to create a body of work that harmonises the desert landscape with the female form. Painted at a small scale in a muted dusky palette and in delicate verisimilitude, the works also recall the intimacy of Northern Renaissance devotional paintings.
For Lohr, these works are commemorative of the desert - exploring a concept that this landscape whilst being rich with life, is at odds with the desolate expanse that it may otherwise present. The desert is a fertile artistic landscape for Lohr, and assumes the leading role within and across her photographic and painting practice.
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