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May 19, 2010 5:13 PM

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Color Coded at DVF Gallery

Oil painting by Natasha Law London-based painters Lucy Soni and Natasha Law (sister of Jude) will unveil their latest oil painting creations at a joint exhibition, "Licking Out Of the Same Bowl," on May 19 at DVF Gallery, adjacent...

Oil painting by Natasha Law

London-based painters Lucy Soni and Natasha Law (sister of Jude) will unveil their latest oil painting creations at a joint exhibition, "Licking Out Of the Same Bowl," on May 19 at DVF Gallery, adjacent to Diane Von Furstenberg's flagship store.

It seems artists couldn't have picked a better venue for their work: Thanks to the gallery's 2,100 square feet of white walls, their glossy canvases, coated in citrine, fuschia and cobalt blue, really pop.

While the two women share a penchant for bold color palettes and clean graphic lines, their sources for inspiration are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Despite having studied Fine Art at London's prestigious Chelsea College of Art and Design, Soni takes cues from a rather unsophisticated source--her toddler daughter. "I started to look at her scribbles and they struck me as these pure, expressive marks," says the artist, who traces the doodles first before eventually enlarging them and adding color. "I steal from her, basically."

"If We Were Clouds, I'd Jump On You" by Lucy Soni

Law, meanwhile, has a decidedly less G-rated focus. Her color-blocked canvases typically depict nude or semi-nude women, though, she insistst her pieces are becoming less and less explicit. "I'm trying to get a point where you're not sure if it's a figure or just shapes. I think that's why I have this love of blocks of color," Law says, before adding, "Well, it's partly that and it's partly my terrible eyesight."

--Taylor Harris

"Licking Out Of the Same Bowl" Through June 1st at DVF Gallery, 440 West 14th Street. Additional information about the artists can be found at voltzclarke.com.
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