An encounter with Talulah Belle Lautrec-Nunes canvases confers such feelings of joyful optimism. With everything so loose and full of potential, so loaded with effervescent colour and movement, the visual impact is startling. This sensation of elation felt by the viewer is the happy result of what is often a trying and frustrating studio process for the artist. Welcoming the challenge to balance colours that are not easy neighbours every brush-stroke points toward an immersive, immediate enjoyment in the reactive, physical quality of paint.
Lautrec-Nunes populates her canvases with bright jewels of colour and is no stranger to the intuitive game that is ‘abstract painting’. Of this new series she states “I am just allowing the works to be made and then see what becomes of them.” Tracing the movement of each colour and shape we are able to observe what appears to be a two way dialogue with the canvas, witnessing an artist opening up to the dynamic evolution and emergent personality of each painting, we are able to find something of wonder in each.
There are no explicit entry points to Lautrec-Nunes paintings. Instead they are made up of a series of strong, interconnected shapes, sinuous lines and meandering brush strokes, each equally animated, entwined and dependant on one another. There is real skill in trying to let go of artistic control, to not over think the constant decision-making that necessarily takes place in the studio. With every mark and colour a series of complex aesthetic, internal rules and judgements are consciously or unconsciously taking place. Pulling that process of thinking apart has fascinated painters since the beginning of last century. Lautrec-Nunes is following in that tradition, manipulating shape and empty space to imply feelings of movement, tension and visual pleasure.

Talulah Lautrec-Nunes is a full-time artist with a Diploma of Art and Creativity Honours. 

After 20 years of art practice in early 2017 Talulah decided to take on the challenge of abstract painting. Since then her painting career has escalated with the offer of several solo exhibitions. Her work is in high demand both in New Zealand and internationally.