The Work of Nathalie Vogel

Intimate, gestural paintings by Nathalie Vogel describe boundaries and relationships between liquids and solids both in her subject matter and method of painting.  Her seductive figurative works depict porcelain skin, rippling material and flowing tendrils of smooth hair.  This fluid quality is what implies movement and creates an incredibly convincing sense of life and living breath in her subjects.  Though the subject matter and delicate precision of her realistic style is familiar, her work is striking because it deals with female nakedness not in a submissive role, though they are beautiful and attractive, but in an individualistic sense- the subject in control of her situation,  inviting us to look and to reflect.  Inspired by the work of de Kooning, Vogel’s work plays with the relationship between various states of matter in a new way.  Both literally and figuratively, her paintings glisten and drip sensuously.  The daughter of artist Marylene Proner, Vogel continues the family tradition with an entirely different approach to her work.  Avoiding any sense of narrative, her paintings retain a deep and compelling enigmatic beauty.  The translucency of Vogel’s painted skin and the tactile-looking depictions of hair, material and moisture make her work unique and almost sculptural in finish.  Influenced by the work of Vermeer, among other classical artists, Vogel layers her paintings differently from one painting to the next depending on composition and mood.  Continuously sketching various ideas until one overlaps with another or visions repeat themselves obsessively, she uses her classical training, photography and drawing from life in preparation for her final pieces.

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