Alice Instone paints female muses in Because a Fire was in my Head at The Cob Gallery

By Culture24 Reporter | 16 November 2012
An image of a painting of a nude female figure reclining while being showered by gold
Alice Instone, Danae (2012). Oil, gold leaf and bronze powder on canvas© Alice Instone
Exhibition Preview: Alice Instone: Because a Fire was in my Head, The Cob Gallery, London, until November 30 2012

Caitlin Moran, India Knight and Shami Chakrabarti are among the contributors to the catalogue for this show, perhaps inspired by the powerful female muses of history and art Alice Instone adores.

Sexually-charged and part of a lineage which takes in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Bronzino’s Venus, the paintings are partly therapeutic for Instone, who has aimed to create immersive art in a burgeoning career which has already seen her collaborate with everyone from the House of Commons and the Royal Society of Art to Annie Lennox and Mick Jagger.

The title itself, from Yeats’ ode The Song of Wandering Aengus, alludes to the timeless portrayal of the elusive female muse.

  • The Cob Gallery, Royal College Street, London. Open Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-6pm (or by appointment). Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @thecobgallery.

More pictures:

An image of an oil painting of two female nudes with a tiger against red and blue
Kalajuggah (2012). Oil, gold leaf and bronze powder on canvas© Alice Instone
An image of a rich oil painting of two nude female figures and a baby wrapped in colour
Pax (2012). Oil, gold leaf and bronze powder on canvas© Alice Instone
An image of a large dark blue and white oil painting of various nude female muse figures
The House of the Fallen Woman (2012). Oil, gold leaf and bronze powder on canvas© Alice Instone
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