In September 2016 Jonathan Cooper held the gallery’s first solo show with Parisian artist Geneviève Daël. Sharing an affinity with the Northern European traditions of the Dutch Golden Age and Hammershøi, Daël’s works are also inspired by the faded beauty of the historic palaces of Italy.
Imbued with a quiet lyricism, Daël’s deeply mysterious paintings invite us into an intriguing world. Often depicting a single, contemplative figure viewed from behind, they delight in the play of light and shade within elegant interiors. These enclosed, atmospheric spaces are often illuminated by a window which offers a glimpse into a world beyond, and offer protection against it. Their quiet stillness hints at narrative, and whisper of days passed, while allowing the viewer to imagine their own tales of lost time.