Tamuna Sirbiladze

Tamuna Sirbiladze (12 February 1971 – 2 March 2016) was an artist based in Vienna, Austria.Sirbiladze was born in Tbilisi in Georgia. She studied art at the Tbilisi State Academy of Arts (1989–1994) in Georgia and later the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (1997–2003) and Slade School of Fine Art, London, 2003. She was the widow of fellow artist Franz West (1947–2012) and collaborated with West on a number of projects.
Sirbiladze's background influenced her approach to painting: "Sirbiladze was exposed to art mostly through books‍—‌her home country had few museums. She knew early on that she wanted to be an artist, however, and cited the colors of the art she came across as the reason she ended up painting." She told Forbes in a 2015 interview, "Searching for light and color is my main engagement"

Sirbiladze made paintings known for their speed, and she sometimes incorporated text into her work. Her characteristic style merged the figurative and the gestural. Her paintings have been described as "highly expressive" with splashes of color "forming abstracted figures and patterns." An Art in America review, a year before her death at age 45, remarks on the "energetic content" of her work, saying "Sirbiladze’s line is spare; abundant, creamy negative space supports the gentle diagonal flow of marks" anchored by unexpected forms.Critic Alex Greenberger said, "Sirbiladze’s paintings played with the division between figuration and abstraction, often melding the two in ambiguous images. Genitalia and bodies can be glanced in some, while in others, objects like jugs and fruits seem to materialize. Sirbiladze’s paintings recall the work of Henri Matisse and the Impressionists in their light, expressive brushwork."

 Sirbiladze’s work was introduced to a New York audience in 2015 through two solo exhibitions. Sirbiladze had exhibited in Europe including at Jonathan Viner Gallery in London and Secession in Vienna. She wasn't known to New York audiences until she had "two shows of her abstract paintings, at Half Gallery and James Fuentes in 2015. For the former exhibition, "Sirbiladze turned Half Gallery’s Upper East Side space into an installation—two walls were covered in a series of purple, dark-blue, and green smears, and paintings were hung on top.Wikipedia

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