Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b.1979) creates blistering paintings, loaded with a complex mix of iconography, drawn from the real and the imaginary. The artist grapples with urgent and fundamental issues through the symbolic and at times historical nature of its subjects. Both unflinching and empathic, Dupuy-Spencer gives life to arresting compositions that can be bleak and troubling, at times softer and endearing, in which the worldly and the extraordinary, the holy and the base, merge to present a multitude of possible meanings and narratives.
Image: There’ll Be Nobody Hiding (When That Rough God Goes Riding), 2020, oil on linen, 244.5 x 267 cm.; 96 1/4 x 105 1/8 in.