Re-Examining Ideas: Art by Lili Phelouzat
U.K.-based artist Lili Phelouzat is focused on re-examining ideas of existence and humanity through abstract works that deal in sharp, geometric lines and bright color. Lili is inspired by forms found in nature, as well as architecture and other man-made items.
I really love some of the recent works that Lili showcases on her portfolio website. Her style seems to have become even more centered and focused since our previous feature of her complex geometric artworks. The paintings in her Black Hole series all take essentially the same background as their starting point, and layer mysterious silhouetted shapes in harsh black over the dappled pastel coloration of the substrate. The effect is jarring, attention-grabbing, and worthy of a longer look.
In her Crossing series, Lili again utilizes contrast between heavy black mark-making and lightened tones of primary colors. In these works, however, the artist’s hand is much more visible in the textured, highlighted brush strokes that are visible within the larger black shapes. Rather than smooth, even surfaces, these paintings have a great sense of volume and tactility.