The Untitled Space gallery in Tribeca is currently presenting the debut solo exhibition of works by artist Fahren Feingold, featuring more than 50 of her large-scale watercolor paintings along with other signature works. The show is curated by gallery director Indira Cesarine. Feingold’s subjects are mostly women as she seeks to capture the natural beauty of the female form, with a focus on bold feminine nudes referencing images from the French erotica era of the early 20th century, American vintage magazines from the 1970s and 1980s, and today’s Internet imagery.
Despite their soft-core sensibility, Feingold’s paintings manage to maintain an ethereal quality. By combining bright pastels and softer colors, she invites the viewer to capture how the women are feeling and allows them to step inside the subjects’ dreamy, sensual world. In each piece, different parts of the women’s body are different colors, and are not necessarily the true colors of their skin or clothing articles but rather the varied patches of color represent how they might feel within certain parts of their bodies. “When I paint a woman, I imagine giving back her emotional voice, where she may have felt stifled otherwise. I don’t look to paint people as they look, but rather as I feel them, which is why viewers will often not know the natural skin color – since I paint in watery aura like dreamy colors,” says Feingold.
Feingold is an artist quickly gaining worldwide recognition. Her work has been exhibited in London, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York, and featured in publications including Vogue, The Huffington Post and V Magazine. Feingold was born in Los Angeles and moved to New York at age 17. She earned a BFA between her studies at the Parsons School of Design and the Glasgow School of Art. Feingold has also worked as a fashion designer for brands like Ralph Lauren and J. Crew among others.
At Untitled Space, 45 Lispenard St., Unit 1W, through Oct. 8. The gallery is open weekdays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and weekends from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m.