Georgine Ingold (*1965 in Basel, Switzerland) is a gifted painter and a brilliant colorist. She possesses a sharp graphic sense and her paintings are extremely seductive in form and content. balzerARTprojects is delighted to represent her. Her will work be re-introduced in „Malerei ist das Anbringen von Farbe...“ („Painting is the Practice of Applying Paint“), a painting group show in Dec 2011/Jan 2012. She will show her most recent work in a solo exhibition in April/May 2012.
Georgine Ingold works in narrative figuration at a time when most artists shy away from the paint brush - calling it “traditional” and “reactionary” in order to work in video, new media and installation. In terms of content and style, her work can be considered part of a group of international painters who developed a very specific mixture of realism and conceptualism. Her paintings reference nineteenth-century modernist painting - from Eduard Manet to John Singer Sargent – and she processes these masters and their techniques through contemporary artistic and cultural lenses. Her oeuvre captures an artistic zeitgeist that reflects the cultural climate of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. Ingold has a passion for beauty in people, objects and landscapes - from the elevated to the everyday. Her passion, at least until recently, was film in all shapes and forms – movie classics, Western and contemporary art cinema, but also popular “téle-novellas” and TV-series. Ultimately, her paintings are evidence of a new kind of popular art that bridges the gap between art and life, the personal and the private, the popular and public.
While interested in contemporary popular culture, Ingold believes in her medium, she is fascinated by the abstract power of painting as the process and result of applying paint. Her broad brushstrokes and their sudden shifts function independently of her subjects. For example, her nine-part series “Rote Lena” of 2011 shows the face of a generic-looking young blonde against a bright-red background. Lena is depicted from slightly different angles, but the most striking elements are the differences of her expression created by painterly techniques only. Her “Self-Portrait” series are paintings of movie stills, different ones in each painting, in the style of Eduard Hopper, but with diverse painting techniques functioning as agents of abstraction.
When Ingold imoves into more personal territory, painting more from life than from photographs or film stills, her work deepens, emotions and atmosphere are injected into them. Currently, she is working on a series of paintings which unite personalized landscapes with portraits and scenes of people close to her.