Italian artist KOLE’s paintings draw connecting lines between women throughout history. KOLE portrays figures familiar to us: the Renaissance woman with a forehead chain and stiff long sleeves, the Grecian woman draped in white, the Victorian horseback rider with a high-collared frock coat. Their clothes and even their environments are archetypal, yet they confront the viewer with stares and attitudes quite different from what the contemporary female ideal would have been. KOLE’s women are lively and utterly modern.
Everything about KOLE’s technique works to convey this. Each subject’s body is framed tightly, so that her curves fill the frame to create the momentum of the piece. The colors are lush enough to be on just the other side of realistic. The pieces are beautiful figural works that celebrate the feminine form and capabilities equally. The work even suggests, as the best visual studies do, that one informs the other.
Kole was born in Rome, Italy and today lives in the nearby town of Nemi. She has exhibited extensively in Rome, including an exhibition that she organized and produced herself.