Making of Only Lovers Left Alive
Coco Chanel by Lita Cabellut
Coco & Cabellut
“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”
There are many parallels between the lives of empress of fashion, Coco Chanel, and the expressionist artist Lita Cabellut. Both women began their lives in poverty, both found a core of expression that raised the stature of the feminine mystique, both fearlessly confronted a world in the arts controlled by men and inexorably changed that vantage with their own style and temerity: both are exceptional voices in their chosen expressive fields. Though the words may be Chanel’s, they could as easily be Cabellut’s – “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life”.
Lita Cabellut is a painter and a conjurer. Her paintings capture that interior mysterious space within the minds of her subjects, a complex brew of imagination and the compulsion to deal with occult dreams and longings as well as the terror and fragility of the human condition. Her genius lies in her ability to make visible the invisible: passion pours forth from her large-scale portraits that demand our attention and invite us into the process of her creative mind. Cabellut is a Spanish painter, born a gypsy in the earthy streets of Barcelona, her father unknown, deserted by her prostitute mother at the tender age of three months, nurtured by her grandmother who sequestered her as a gypsy from schools until her death. Cabellut at age eight was placed in an orphanage. Hungry for knowledge, she spent her hours at the Prado Museum, drinking deeply the works of the masters of the past – Rembrandt, Velázquez, El Greco, Ribera, Gallego and Goya. Once accepted into school, she rapidly rose through the ranks of education, ultimately being accepted into the Fine Arts School in Amsterdam, where instead of embracing the current obsession with abstract art, she connected with Francis Bacon’s tortured figurative paintings and fellow Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies’ abstract expressionism, with an emphasis on his pintura matérica – incorporating mixed media such as detritus, earth, rags and stone into his paintings.
Cabellut’s works serve as a bridge between classical tradition and contemporary painting, a bridge from which she creates faces and figures from the past, infusing her own history as a street gypsy into understanding the beginnings of the focused model she brings to life in this collection – Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel. From her own experiences, the artist is able to see through the eyes and cautious stares of her subjects, and to engage her audience with a sense of challenge mixed carefully with compassion.
Sophia Narrett 's Embroidered Works Recreate The Texture In her embroidered paintings,Sophia Narrett turns seemingly mundane moments into visually stunning contemplations of life achieving transcendence into the sublime. The Rhode Island based artist’s background in painting is quite apparent itself in her work.
Her embroidered paintings are bold in color and rich in texture immediately attracting one’s eye. Her paintings may appear cheerful and even whimsical at first but as one gives a hard look to the texture and color, one unravels multiple layers of meaning within the works that display a profound sense of consciousness and contemplation of existence. Narrett manages to produce an almost dreamlike quality in her work that further emphasizes the surreal undertones that are present.