• June 30 - July 15
  • Natasha Kissell
  • Endless Summer
  • Project room
Installation view from the 2023 exhibition "Endless Summer" by Natasha Kissell at Hans Alf Gallery

Friday June 30th, Hans Alf Gallery invites everyone to join the final opening of the spring season, as British painter Natasha Kissell takes on the project room with the exhibition "Endless Summer".


"Endless Summer" can be seen as a sequel to Natasha Kissell's exhibition "Swimming Pool" from 2022; a collection of paintings evoking a life of leisure and endless summers.


Kissell lived her first 8 years in South Africa where, as Hockney found in LA, swimming pools were not just for the super wealthy, but were widely owned and enjoyed. While Hockney preferred to depict beautiful young men lounging by his pools, Kissell’s paintings are noticeably devoid of humans. For the painter’s own childhood lacked any real adult company, and she and her brother brought themselves up with 2 working parents largely absent in their lives.


The nostalgia she feels for her home country is played out in these utopian worlds, ideal escapes, better perhaps in the mind’s eye or in memory. The paintings fit well in the Impressionist tradition, where, for the first time, modern life meant that leisure time was available to not just the rich but also to the working classes, who could enjoy the banks of the Seine or public parks, picnicking and sitting in the sun. Similarly, Kissell points to a world where leisure and escape is part of society, a right, an ideal and something to be sought after.


So, it is both the longing, the nostalgia and the absence of the human form that give these paintings their particular and original feel.


"Endless Summer" opens on June 30th and will be on view through July 15.


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