Interior with Egyptian Curtain and Kale (after Matisse), 2021

Celeste Rapone is known for her narrative paintings that blur the boundaries between figuration and abstraction. Central to her practice are stylistic concerns such as surface, pattern, and colour that shape the artist’s figures and scenes. The protagonists of these paintings – often female –  are shown in varying states of rest and activity, their bodies contorted and spilling towards the edges of the canvas. Rapone’s work addresses the feelings of anxiety, longing, and nostalgia that are experienced in contemporary life.