Leonora CARRINGTON


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Born: 1917, Clayton-le-Woods, United Kingdom. Lived in Mexico City until 2011. Dead; 2011, Mexico.

Experience: Painter and novelist Leonora Carrington redefined female symbolism and imagery in Surrealism. Working in oil painting, traditional bronze and cast iron sculpture, and mixed-media sculpture that incorporated wood, glass, and iron objects, Carrington, a one-time romantic companion and muse of the Surrealist Max Ernst, shared Ernst’s concerns with the dream world and the symbolic intermediaries connecting it to reality. Rejecting the Surrealist ideal of woman as a source of creative energy, she turned to the animal world, the occult, and Celtic myth for hers. El Juglar (1954) is one of Carrington’s most renowned works, a dream landscape of horses, imaginary creatures, occultist motifs, and autobiographical references. She is most often associated with the Spanish artist and fellow female Surrealist Remedios Varo, with whom she had close ties.

Shows: 2018 Alpha 137 Gallery, The Female Emperor. 2017 Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, 25th Anniversary Exhibition. 2017 Miami, Pablo Goebel Fine Arts at Art Miami; Leila Heller Gallery, New York, Exilic Pleasures: Surrealism Refuged in America; Alpha 137 Gallery, Rare Art Historical Ephemera from our private collection; Ciudad de México, Galerias A. Cristobal at Zonamaco 2017; Ciudad de México, Oscar Roman at Zonamaco; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA, USA, The irrational And the marvelous. 2016 Weinstein Gallery, San Francisco, Chance meeting On a dissecting Table. 2015 Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Surrealism and Magic.