Huxley-Parlour Nettle Grellier She Always Does Have a Good Time at 45 Maddox Street, London

Current

20.9 – 11.10 2022

Nettle Grellier:She Always Does Have a Good Time

Nettle Grellier:She Always Does Have a Good Time

20.09 – 11.10.2022

Current

Hours

Monday to Saturday

10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Gallery

45 Maddox Street
London
W1S 2PE

Huxley-Parlour are delighted to present the inaugural exhibition at their new Maddox Street space, Nettle Grellier: She Always Does Have a Good Time. Nettle Grellier’s exhibition considers feral womanhood through several semi-autobiographical motifs: disobedient dogs, soft bodies, and disquieting, gossipping subjects. The exhibition uses references across high and low culture to delight in unashamedly slovenly, feral, and unpredictable womanhood.

Grellier considers the motif of the dog as a symbol of the transgressive feminine. From heraldry to Renaissance allegorical paintings, Titian to Renoir, dogs have long been used as symbols of doting obedience – often that of women to men: in portraits of married couples, a dog placed at the subjects’ feet would symbolise marital fidelity; in portraits of widows, a dog would symbolise loyalty to the memory of a subject’s late husband. Inspired in part by her own relationship to her dog, Nettle Grellier’s work subverts the idea of the dog as a patriarchal symbol of subservience, instead capitalising on what Paula Rego terms as their ‘powerful’ qualities of independence, aggression, fierceness.

At once grotesque and beautiful, Grellier’s unsettling and playful imagery also considers intimacy, the body, and the gendered dynamic of social relations. Taking inspiration from the small town rumour mill, Grellier’s approach consciously takes after Dolly Parton, who based her own maximalist, personal style on the concept of the American small town ‘tramp’. In the same way that Parton idolises the very traits that made the town ‘tramp’ so heavily scorned – big hair, heavy makeup, miniskirts – Grellier embraces feminine traits which are often marginalised. The exhibition explores themes surrounding gossip: its position as an inherently feminine pastime, its ability to create intra and para social relationships, and its social value. At both small and large scale, Grellier’s subjects snigger behind raised hands, give onlooking viewers sideways glances, and grimace conspiratorially from beyond the picture plane. Cast in a lurid palette, the paintings in She Always Does Have a Good Time rethink feminine pleasure.

The exhibition is open Monday-Saturday. 10am-5.30pm on weekdays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays.

THE EXHIBITION

8

The Works

15

1

Nettle Grellier

If Only You Did

2022

Oil on canvas

2

Nettle Grellier

Let Your Mother Win

2022

Oil on canvas

3

Nettle Grellier

When You See Her Tell Her

2022

Oil on canvas

4

Nettle Grellier

She Was Wrong About Some Things (One Thing)

2022

Oil on canvas

5

Nettle Grellier

I Went There and I Came Back From There

2022

Oil on canvas

6

Nettle Grellier

Open Your Mouth, We Entertain Each Other by Talking

2022

Oil on canvas

7

Nettle Grellier

They Sucked the Heat Out of Her

2022

Oil on canvas

8

Nettle Grellier

It Isn’t Yours I’m Not Mine

2022

Oil on canvas

9

Nettle Grellier

Over and Over and Well What Do You Think About It Now

2022

Oil on canvas

10

Nettle Grellier

I Have Something to Say to You I Have One Thing to Say to You

2022

Oil on canvas

11

Nettle Grellier

Up Mama

2022

Oil on canvas

12

Nettle Grellier

Do As You Please (Yank My Tongue)

2022

Oil on canvas

13

Nettle Grellier

You’re Magnetic Baby

2022

Oil on canvas

14

Nettle Grellier

Yeah Yeah Yeah We Had Fun Like Hell

2022

Oil on canvas

15

Nettle Grellier

Delighted, I Know You

2022

Oil on canvas

Nettle Grellier

B. UNITED KINGDOM1993

Nettle Grellier Portrait

B. UNITED KINGDOM1993

Biography

Nettle Grellier’s work is characterised by her use of soft fleshy pinks and reds, coupled with earthy browns and greens. Grellier explores the notion of touch in her work, seeking to make us more comfortable and aware of bodily presence. Predominantly figurative, her work focusses on the relationship between her subjects and their own awareness of self. In her most recent work, her figures interact and touch in unexpected ways, challenging our notions of intimacy and established social behaviours. It also grounds the figures in their natural landscape, exploring the natural world in a sensory way.

Grellier was born in 1993. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton in 2015, before completing the Turps Banana Correspondence Course in 2020. Her work has been exhibited in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

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