A nun, a hooded figure, and a face obscured by flowers — these are just some of the characters German-Bulgarian painter Oda Jaune uses to explore the idea of the mask in her upcoming exhibition “Masks” at Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris.
From June 6-July 24 the gallery will exhibit a new series of watercolors by Jaune that explores the idea of a “social mask,” depicting characters facing metamorphosis or personal transformations.
With this new series Jaune continues to show her subconscious’ inner workings, one that is free from convention or cliché. The paintings appear reminiscent of cinema or advertising on the surface, but the thematic material is anything but commonplace. Jaune’s images mix visions of tenderness, naiveté, and violence in surreal and, at times, grotesque paintings.
“Oda Jaune is like that,” writes art critic Catherine Millet. “She quietly contemplates people, showing the same consideration to pretty girls from magazines as to the deformed, carefully observing flaunted bodies and guarded feelings, applying the same scrupulous examination to all of them, the laser-like curiosity that children have before their minds succumb to prejudice.”
Born in 1979 in Sofia, Bulgaria, the artist studied under the late Jörg Immendorff at the Dusseldorf academy of fine arts, later marrying the painter. She currently resides in Paris, a city she observes as “tormented yet poetical.”
Oda Jaune’s “Masks” will be on view at Galerie Daniel Templon in Paris from June 6-July 24.