Posted By Tom on December 3, 2013
Exhibition runs from 28th November 2013 to 20th January 2014
Aidan Meller Galleries are delighted to announce a striking new exhibition by David Freud and his partner Debbi Mason, co-founder of Elle Magazine and former Fashion Editor for US Vogue. David is the son of Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011), whose psychologically penetrating studies of the human form mark him out as the greatest British painter of his generation.
Freud and Mason met while walking their dogs on the beach and then bonded over the discovery that their sons went to the same school. Freud says that the works exhibited in 10 dresses for a 10-year-old girl are a celebration – at least in part – of their successful relationship.
Their more immediate and pressing subject matter is Freud’s harrowing experience of enforced estrangement from one of his daughters, who is soon to turn ten. Dedicated to her, this exhibition combines Freud’s practice as a painter with Mason’s as a stylist to examine the ongoing separation with disarming frankness.
Freud is no stranger to heartache. His debut exhibition Losing Lucian documented the death of a father who had been absent for most of his life. Freud says, “When I was a child, a friend asked me where my father was and I said, ‘He died in the war’ … I liked to think he was looking for me and would come to the rescue one day.”
The bereavement had a profound influence on David Freud’s first collection of paintings, which was warmly received by visitors to the Aidan Meller Gallery. It is, however, an influence he is increasingly keen to outgrow, as shown both by this collaboration with Mason.
Whereas Freud’s solo work often sees him examine the emotional resonance of the human body, his collaboration with Mason explores the affecting redundancy of garments that will never again be worn. Their delicate dresses are adorned with feathers, locks of hair, embroidered messages and flashes of figurative painting. With its emphasis on the folkloric, the handmade and the confessional, Freud and Mason’s work can be compared to that of artists such as Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry.
View images of the artworks here.