Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes
An encounter with Talulah’s canvases confers such feelings of joyful optimism. With everything so loose and full of potential, so loaded with effervescent colour and movement, the visual impact is startling. This sensation of elation felt by the viewer is the happy result of what is often a trying and frustrating studio process for the artist. Welcoming the challenge to balance colours that are not easy neighbors every brush-stroke points toward an immersive, immediate enjoyment in the reactive, physical quality of paint.
Talulah populates her canvases with bright jewels of colour and is no stranger to the intuitive game that is ‘abstract painting’. Of this new series she states “I am just allowing the works to be made and then see what becomes of them.” Tracing the movement of each colour and shape we are able to observe what appears to be a two way dialogue with the canvas, witnessing an artist opening up to the dynamic evolution and emergent personality of each painting, we are able to find something of wonder in each. There are no explicit entry points to Talulah’s paintings. Instead they are made up of a series of strong, interconnected shapes, sinuous lines and meandering brush strokes, each equally animated, entwined and dependent on one another.
There is real skill in trying to let go of artistic control, to not over think the constant decision-making that necessarily takes place in the studio. With every mark and colour a series of complex aesthetic, internal rules and judgments are consciously or unconsciously taking place. Pulling that process of thinking apart has fascinated painters since the beginning of last century. Talulah is following in that tradition, manipulating shape and empty space to imply feelings of movement, tension and visual pleasure. The agility and fervor evident within these paintings suggests that a marvelous wrestle, not only with the paint itself but with the artist’s condition, has taken place. “I am convinced that the more I remove myself from the process the better the works end up being” says the artist as she tries to vanquish her own position. Navigating a space between control and abandon, between expectation and surprise, the artist is generating an observant and responsive visual encounter. Her efforts are rewarded with a rich seam of glistening gems, brought to life through the dynamic possibilities of colour. “I’m continually searching for the perfect mark. It has to be instant and uncomplicated, natural, fluid and fresh. I’m never satisfied with what I create. I’m constantly striving to make the next painting revolutionary.”
Talulah is a full-time artist she lives with husband/poet Keith Nunes in New Zealand.