Exhibition Launch: Girls by Martina Paukova

Exhibition Launch: Girls by Martina Paukova

8th Feb 2018 6pm - 2am

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After studying illustration at Camberwell Collage of art, Paukova recently moved to Berlin where she is a celebrated illustrator for clients such as Pull&Bear, Converse, Google, Guardian or New York Times. In a world that encourages girls to be glamorous, to pose and perform at all times, in her first major London show Paukova presents a collection of images celebrating the beauty in the relaxed, domestic, and off-duty female form where women are truly themselves. Her illustrated girls feel familiar. We find them lying, sitting, standing or kneeling, with an occasional laptop, phone or a man thrown in. Plants and steaming coffee cups are compulsory. 

Girls are lanky and awkward, set in Paukova’s staple geometric and flattened domestic environments. In these images Paukova repeatedly both celebrates and mocks the daily and the banal; light and humorous mood with sporadic darker streak is a must.