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Almine Rech

Group show Alec Egan, Aly Helyer, Sylvia Ong

Sep 7 — Oct 7, 2023 | Paris, Turenne

Opening on September 7th, from 6 to 8 pm

Almine Rech Paris is pleased to present a group show by Alec Egan, Aly Helyer, Sylvia Ong, on view from September 7 to October 7, 2023.

Alec Egan
In his paintings of domestic interiors, American artist Alec Egan (b. 1983) - this is his first show in France –deliberately saturates the pictorial space with decorative elements. From floor to ceiling, flowery wallpaper patterns and upholstery fill his imagined dwellings with a colourfully ornamental all-over, often verging on a strange sense of chaos. This fantastical surfeit of pictorial decoration makes the Los Angeles-based artist’s paintings equally repulsive and fascinating.

Aly Helyer
London-based Aly Helyer (b. 1965) is a skilful drawer and an accomplished colourist working with a lively, warm palette. In her figurative paintings, her androgynous and impassive characters take on the appearance of antique statues, instantly creating atmospheres that are both strange and introspective. In line with the tradition of expressionist painting, the long-necked beings who populate her canvases embrace, lightly brush against or protect each other, thus projecting a markedly humanistic range of feelings, from kinship to melancholy, from passionate love to absence. Tightly framed against monochrome or ornamental backgrounds, Aly Helyer’s double-eyed figures are somewhat reminiscent of cubist female portraits produced by Picasso.

Sylvia Ong
Before she became a painter, Sylvia Ong (b. 1980), graduated in cinematography, directed many short films, worked for television and radio, in fashion photography and for the theatre. The abstract work of the Malaysian artist, who lives and works in Dubai, has its roots in American action painting and European abstraction lyrique from the turn of the 1950s, with the likes of Riopelle and Nicolas de Staël. Both graceful and gestural, Sylvia Ong’s painting is fuelled by her many experiences in contact with nature, from Southeast Asian mountain and island landscapes to the Arabian desert, or by precise sensory memories, like the smell of the downpour in a rainforest.

– Charles Barachon, writer and art critic

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Selected artworks

  • Sylvia Ong,                                      The Memory Minuet 1, 2023

    Sylvia Ong The Memory Minuet 1, 2023

    Oil on canvas
    200 x 200 cm
    78 1/2 x 78 1/2 in

  • Alec Egan,                                      Building and palm, 2023

    Alec Egan Building and palm, 2023

    Oil on canvas
    182.9 x 152.4 cm
    72 x 60 in

  • Alec Egan,                                      Sunset Wave, 2023

    Alec Egan Sunset Wave, 2023

    Oil on canvas
    182.9 x 152.4 cm
    72 x 60 in

  • Aly Helyer,                                      The Greatest Gift, 2023

    Aly Helyer The Greatest Gift, 2023

    Oil on linen
    184 x 150 cm
    72 1/2 x 59 in

  • Aly Helyer,                                      Kin, 2023

    Aly Helyer Kin, 2023

    Oil on linen
    127 x 97 cm
    50 x 38 in

  • Aly Helyer,                                      Where I End and You Begin, 2023

    Aly Helyer Where I End and You Begin, 2023

    Oil on linen
    82 x 61 cm
    32 1/2 x 24 in

  • Aly Helyer,                                      Flower Eater 1, 2023

    Aly Helyer Flower Eater 1, 2023

    Oil on Polyester
    50 x 40 cm
    19 1/2 x 16 in

  • Aly Helyer,                                      Flower Eater 2, 2023

    Aly Helyer Flower Eater 2, 2023

    Oil on linen on panel
    50 x 40 cm
    19 1/2 x 16 in