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Voltz Clarke Gallery at The Colony Palm Beach – Lucy Soni

On View: November 29, 2019 through 2020
Location: The Colony Palm Beach, 155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, FL 33480
Opening Reception: November 29th, from 6pm to 8pm

Voltz Clarke Gallery is pleased to present a solo show titled The Quick Slow by Lucy Soni. The collection of paintings consists of Soni’s signature “scribble” paintings in color combinations inspired by and for the gallery at The Colony Palm Beach. The reception, with the artist in attendance, will be held on Friday, November 29th.

Lucy Soni is inspired by the idea of control versus chaos. Her compositions start as small scribbles on paper that communicate a sense of urgency. Through tracing, enlarging, repeating, and layering, Soni transfers these forms to canvases on a much larger scale. This process produces carefully balanced paintings which unite impulsive mark-making and high art.

Behind the aesthetics, Soni expresses her struggle with depression. She keeps her personal tension separate from her work so that it is not a part of her identity; however, creation has become a necessity in order to attempt to unravel and communicate what cannot be put into words. Soni’s paintings are exercises in patience, accuracy and taste, seeking to celebrate color and form, embracing the absurd pursuit of unattainable perfection. They are informed by sadness, but attend to opposite of sad.

Soni shares, “For me, like many people, depression came along when I was a teenager and never really left. I consider myself to be in a sort of depression ‘remission’. I have ups and downs like anyone else, and yes, the black dogs can still be heard barking in the distance, but I’m one of the lucky people for whom medication and therapy have worked.”

Lucy Soni lives and works in London. Soni graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Painting from Chelsea College of Art in London.