Valentine Kuhl's paintings are marvelously moving, impressing a sense of uneasiness on the viewer as if allowing us to see only to a certain point, beyond which it's difficult to make out what's happening or who is there. We are tempted with portraiture silhouettes and the shapes of figures that we can't really see. Through gestural movement of deftly-placed brush strokes and smear-like texture of the media, there is an element of erasure -- a sense of being but not being there, of having been. Her subjects are ghost-like remnants of figures, almost as if their bodies have left the plane, but their energy remains.
More work by the Manchester-based artist can be found at valentinekuhl.tumblr.com.