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The Sleeping Beauties by artist Angeles Agrela

Daniela y Andrea en el sofá amarillo, 2019, acrylic and pencil on paper 59.06h x 47.24w inches

Las bellas durmientes (Sleeping beauties) is the natural continuation to Angeles Agrela’s previous series El flavor de las bellas (The flavor of the beautiful, 2016). Her portraits of women have evolved from passive elements within her compositions to a more central and evocative subject with this latest series.

Sleeping Beauties by artist Angeles Agrela

Las bellas durmientes
Paloma en la mesa, 2018 Acrylic and pencil on paper 59″ x 79″

Now devoid of other props that reference period and place, these large scale works focus on the model, whose real names are referred to in the titles.

Laura como bella durmiente, 2018 Acrylic and pencil on paper 35.5″ x 47. 25″

Throughout her career Agrela has experimented with various mediums. Las bellas durmientes combine acrylic paint and colored pencil.

Daniela con vestido rojo, 2019 Acrylic and pencil on paper

The girls, very young or adolescent, appear faithfully portrayed in a situation of some tension between the normalized objectification of the feminine and the evidence of the tremendous potential of this new generation, which is no longer that of the artist. In her words she says: “That is the part that I find most difficult to get in this series; that this is appreciated in small details, in the looks, the selection of the clothes, the hair, in the frames or the forcing of some poses ”.

Laura como bella durmiente en el sofá amarillo, 2018 Acrylic and pencil on paper 47.25″ x 35.43″
El regalo de Sara, 2018 Acrylic and pencil on paper 79″ x 60″
Sara pensativa, 2018, acrylic and pencil, 37.5″ x 47.24″
Paula, 2019 Acrylic and pencil on paper 19.69h x 27.56w in

About the artist
Ángeles Agrela (b. 1966) currently lives and works in Granada, Spain. She has also resided in Naples, Havana, and Berlin.

The artist at work

Angeles is a multidisciplinary artist who works with textiles, video, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. Her creative process usually follows a thematic line such that a collection of works leads others as parts of the continuing story. Her work has always been closely related to the body and her work is systematically characterized by references to art itself, or the fact of being an artist, or to the experience of a particular kind of artist.

contemporary art
Luci y Miriam en el sofa, 2018, acrylic and pencil on paper, 19.5 x 27.5 “

Since 1994 she has held over thirty-five solo exhibitions at private galleries in Spain and the Netherlands as well as in public institutions in Italy, France, Germany and Spain …. and has collaborated in group exhibitions in Switzerland, Mexico, Berlin, Miami, Brazil, and New York.

Exhibition view at Yusto / Giner

Last year she was awarded the Premio del Público de las Artes Plásticas del Canal Sur (The Fine Arts Prize of Spain’s Canal Sur television station). And in 2010, she was the winner Premio de Artes Plásticas (the Fine Arts Award) of the government Spain’s autonomous region of Cantabria.

Her work is found in collections such as the Andalusian Center for Contemporary Art (Sevilla), the Museum of Contemporary Art Union Fenosa (A Coruña), the Spain Collection L’Oreal, the Caja San Fernando Collection (Sevilla), the Fundación El Monte (Sevilla) the Collection Cajastur (Gijón), the Caja Vital Kutxa (Vitoria), the Government of Cantabria Contemporary Art Collection of the UNED, the Provincial Arts Foundation Rafael Botí (Córdoba) and in the collections of the Provincial Councils of Granada, Jaen, Cadiz, Malaga and Huelva.

The exhibition announcement

Ángeles Agrela

images courtesy of the artist and Yusto Giner Gallery