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Jay DeFeo

A Rose Is a Sun Is a Flame Is a Star Is a Dove

September 5, 2015 - October 31, 2015

Peder Lund is delighted to announce an exhibition of works by the American artist Jay DeFeo (1929-89). DeFeo is best known for her magnum opus The Rose (1958-66), a painting she worked on incessantly for eight years, adding and subtracting layers of oil paint on a 3,3 x 2,4 m canvas positioned in a bay window in her studio. The work weighed nearly a tonne when it was removed with aforklift in 1965. More recently, DeFeo has been recognised for the diverse and experimental range of works in drawing, photography, painting, collage and sculpture that she produced over more than four decades. The exhibition Jay DeFeo: A Rose Is a Flame Is a Sun Is a Star Is a Dove comprises four works from the 1950s and a considerable selection of photographs, drawings and paintings produced between 1972 and 1988, the year before DeFeo died of cancer aged 60. These works show how she revisited a number of core subjects throughout her career, approaching them with different techniques and materials. They resonate with her centrepiece The Rose in form and composition and include images that reveal the texture of hair and fur, the use of linear perspective, and those that offer an expression of psychological nuances in objects she observed in her immediate surroundings. The images reveal how DeFeo abstracted the objects she depicted by retaining their form, but obscuring their identity. All the works come directly from The Jay DeFeo Trust, without which the exhibition would not have been possible.

Untitled, 1952

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, c 1957

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, c.1958

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1972

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1972

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1972

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1972

Jay DeFeo

Untitled,-c, 1972

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1972

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1973

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1974

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, c. 1974

Jay DeFeo

Untitled, 1986

Jay DeFeo

Untiled, 1987

Jay DeFeo