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Gina Contreras’ Paintings Beckon in ‘Hey There Lonely Girl’

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Nude woman lays in fetal position on a bed.
Gina Contreras, ‘La Lonely,’ 2021; Acrylic and gouache on canvas. (Courtesy the artist)

San Francisco artist Gina M. Contreras’ delicately rendered paintings of (mostly solo) nude women on their beds, in their homes, surrounded by personal items that spell comfort, are a pleasure to behold. Whether you view her figures as downcast or simply contemplative, they’re never truly isolated; Contreras’ scenes are rich in detail, color and pattern. Look out for painted notebook pages, photographs, magazine spreads and untold numbers of flowers. Her work is so inviting that you might find yourself getting closer to her surfaces than you have to other humans for the past 18 months.

Hey There Lonely Girl’ is on view at Park Life (220 Clement St., San Francisco) Sept. 10–Oct. 10.


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