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May 20, 2010 11:18 AM   Subscribe

Help me find this contemporary artist's name and/or website. I had it, I forgot to bookmark it, and now it's driving me batty.

She's a painter, relatively young (I think) who paints old-fashioned looking women. Wearing fancy dresses, maybe, or there's something else that gives a sense of formality to them. The subjects look like they could be models for Monet, though the paintings don't look Impressionist, exactly - they're not quite as "light", in color or attitude. I don't know enough about art to know the correct terminology, but I'd describe the look of the paintings as very soft, feminine, but with something a little dark or sad about them. The ones I remember, at least, don't look contemporary.

Details from my (possibly faulty) memory: The artist had some work in a New York gallery within the last few years; I first saw a painting of hers in an ad for said gallery in a fancy magazine (Vogue or Architectural Digest or another of those big shiny Conde Nast ones) about a year ago. She might be Eastern European, she might be based in the US now, she might have a name with a J that's pronounced like a Y or something similar. Her site, or another site, might have had paintings for sale, maybe starting at about $1000.
posted by DestinationUnknown to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
That is not much to go on, but add a few zeros to the price, and I'd guess.... Lisa Yuskavage ?
posted by R. Mutt at 11:38 AM on May 20, 2010

Yeah, the "paintings for sale for $1000" and the "gallery ad in a fancy magazine" don't really add up.

But based on your description, my first thoughts were Elizabeth Peyton or Karen Kilimnik.
posted by neroli at 11:49 AM on May 20, 2010

It may well not add up, because I may well have gotten part of it wrong! But it was definitely not as modern or edgy as Lisa Yuskavage or Elizabeth Peyton, and it's not Karen Kilimnik. Thanks though!
posted by DestinationUnknown at 1:32 PM on May 20, 2010

Is it Angela Fraleigh?
posted by at the crossroads at 7:14 PM on May 20, 2010

Could it be Johanna Öst? She's young, dark-painting, based out of Sweden, paints women wearing fancy dresses, etc.
posted by urbanlenny at 7:30 AM on May 21, 2010

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