Los Angeles

Gloria Longval

Paideia Gallery

This young Spanish-born artist is preoccupied with the humanities. Her oils are rich and glowing, emotion packed and referential to Goya’s strong social and explosive iconographic expressions of fear and loneliness. But this is no copyist; Longval’s work is honest, her brushwork sure. “The Spectre” is a grim comment wherein a haunting, white-faced personality may be either ghost or clown, a psychic phenomenon where beast and human recede and emerge to recede again. The tigers may be animals becoming men or men may be humans becoming tigers. This is an exhibit which may not be easily forgotten, a combination of really good painting and challenging statements.

Betje Howell