Demeter (after Eileen Agar)
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About the work
Demeter (after Eileen Agar) is pivotal in her ‘research into the thriving goddess culture [...] in Penwith and particularly how that intersects with British modernism’. As referenced in the title, the composition borrows from the surrealist Eileen Agar’s painting of the goddess Demeter (1949). Stein has reflected that, more personally:
Demeter has been a figurehead for negotiating motherhood and making art for the last few years. The sense of loss and depression and closeness to things falling apart is vital, as well as the sense of renewal, rebirth and hope.
About the artist
Born in Oxford, Lucy Stein lives and works in Cornwall. She studied painting at The Glasgow School of Art (BA, 2001–4) and De Ateliers, Amsterdam (2004–6). Her first solo exhibition was at Gimpel Fils, London (2005) and she has exhibited internationally with selected solo exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2006); Galerie Martin Van Zomeren, Amsterdam (2012); Palette Terre, Paris (2018); and Spike Island, Bristol (2021).
- Demeter (after Eileen Agar)
- oil on canvas
- height: 140.0 cm; width: 120.0 cm
- Purchased from the artist March 2021, through the Art XUK project 2020-21
- The artist's studio via Galerie Gregor Staiger; from whom purchased by UK Government Art Collection, 19 March 2021
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