Through her vibrant and striking portraits of female figures, Spanish painter Elena Gual gives the genre a fresh and contemporary spin. No doubt capturing the emotions of the characters she paints, she uses a distinctive palette knife technique to add interest to the canvas with strokes of impasto – thick layers that are visible to the naked eye.
Her latest series Aura, on show from 26 August at Grove Square Galleries in London, shows a strong attention to colour, light and composition and is inspired by Impressionism. Reflective of her classical academic training, these modern paintings have fiery depth and reveal Gual's passion for female equality. "My goal is to focus on these women, highlight their shapes, beauty and persona," she tells Creative Boom. "I want to evoke their aura and I strive for the viewer to appreciate them and their emotions as much as I do."