On Saturday, December 17, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Gilded Roses” by Los Angeles artist Sylvia Ji. Ji is internationally recognized for her highly-collected works that capture beauty in its rarest forms, and her fourth solo exhibition with the gallery will be her most elegant to date.
A study of “the ornamented being”, Ji embodies this beauty as a rose in her new collection, “Gilded Roses.” For the exhibition, Ji will unveil twelve new paintings inspired by western European costume designs and modern couture. Ji explains, “As a child I would revel in and devour all things related to historical costume; it is a passion of mine. Bygone eras of corsets, crinolines, explosions of lace, feathers, silks, satins, glinting jewels—all gilded to a state of heightened beauty and sartorial elegance.”
Each piece created for the exhibition is “a unique exploration into my fascination with the past and what we wore” Ji notes about the intricate patterns, fine textures, and historical silhouettes that define her subjects. Her signature red palette is highlighted by an assortment of jewel tones: deep crimsons, seductive purples and crisp emeralds with extensive use of gold leaf to accentuate each piece. Capturing the essence of the show is “Regina,” Ji’s Elizabethan style portrait of “a gilded rose heavily ornamented, but behind the veneer there is strength and power.”
The reception for “Gilded Roses” is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 7 to 10pm. The exhibition will be on view until January 14, 2012.