©Henry Taylor, 2013

©Henry Taylor, 2013

Kelsey Shwetz is a Canadian-born painter.  She makes largely figurative work that’s concerned with the female gaze, gender expression, intimacy, and obsession. Her work to date has operated on a large scale and has almost solely depicted bodies of friends and lovers, distorting private emotions and intimate interactions by recording and isolating them and then presenting them on a monumental scale and often out of context. The figures in her work are emotionally engaged but are often floating on top of a space they may have plausibly inhabited, and are often at odds with their backgrounds. In her most recent work a figurative character moves through worlds of lush foliage, which, depending on the painting, they are sinking into, hiding behind, interfering or cooperating with. Shwetz was represented by Christopher Stout Gallery New York from 2015-17 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn.