There is a fantastic new show up at Varnish Fine Art – Creatures of Saintly Disguise, a solo exhibition of new work by Bay Area based painter, Jennybird Alcantara. In this latest series of work, Jennybird melds her lifelong interest in fairytales, flora & fauna with her evocative Pop Surrealist style to reveal another chapter in her constantly evolving narrative. This exhibition will showcase large scale oil paintings in addition to smaller works and works on paper.
In Creatures of Saintly Disguise, Jennybird Alcantara’s second solo show at Varnish Fine Art, the journey into her ever-unfolding world of the subconscious continues. In this new series, we meet a pantheon of “saints” existing in a more contemplative world than we’ve seen before. The interiors previously glimpsed inside of Jennybird’s hybridized women now unfurl, giving us pause to think about the role of ones inner dimension in the outer world and letting that interaction exist in the open. With her signature complex and saturated palette, she creates a galaxy of symbols that coalesce into a greater whole, creating a universe that is mystical, playful and, in the words of one writer, “shamanistic.”