The seemingly normal veneer of white suburbia is peeled back in Kirsten Lilford’s first solo exhibition of oil paintings at Salon91 in Cape Town this October. Lilford, a recent graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art and 2011 recipient of the prestigious South African Society of Artists award for excellence in painting, takes everyday snapshots of family outings, domestic scenes and the suburban landscape and through her brush imparts an uncanny and slightly sinister tone to them.
Her technically accomplished paintings echo the work of early nineteenth-century realists but she has already developed a unique style of her own that is at once naturalistic and also informed by contemporary painting practices.
‘The Quiet’ will impress with the beauty of her paintings as much as leave the viewer with questions about what each vignette from a seemingly ordinary life really signifies.
- Andrew Lamprecht, 2012