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Michael Hoppen Gallery Presents Eugenia Martinez’s Original Portraits

Michael Hoppen Gallery is presenting Eugenia Martinez’s Christmas exhibition, on display until 23rd December. Mexican artist Eugenia Martinez explores her native country’s multi-layered identity and turbulent history through her witty photographic portraits.

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We The People, 2016 © Eugenia Martinez. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Michael Hoppen Gallery is one of the few London galleries solely dedicated to the art of photography. Set over three floors in the heart of Chelsea, Michael Hoppen has been bringing new interesting artists to the London scene since opening the gallery in 1993, when he started exhibiting fine art photography exclusively. Eugenia Martinez, who considers herself as autodidactic, has worked mainly as a painter of Mexican portraits from the colonial era to the 1960’s, enhanced by metaphorical texts.

Clown Family, 2016 © Eugenia Martinez. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery
Clown Family, 2016 © Eugenia Martinez. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Influenced by Frida Kahlo, this original artist’s portraits incorporate literal or sometimes distorted quotes from politicians, song lyrics and slang, in different shades of white that create hypnotic, and in some cases even optical, effects, with the intention of creating a contradictory story that invites us to look beyond the work and discover Mexico’s real history and society.

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Two Ladies with Red Clan, 2016 © Eugenia Martinez. Courtesy of Michael Hoppen Gallery

Her first solo show in New York in 2013, I Don’t Have a Dream, consisted exclusively of photographs, (which she finds less subjective that paintings), that reflected the social cleavage between the public discourse of different Mexican social groups, and their true thoughts. Now this exhibition at Michael Hoppen includes Eugenia Martinez’s portraits; Clown Family, We The People, and Two Ladies with Red Clan, to name but a few of the works by this exciting and intriguing artist.

You can also view and buy Eugenia Martinez’s work online here.

Michael Hoppen Gallery
3 Jubilee Place
London
SW3 3TD