COCO: Testimony of Black and White, solo exhibition Opera Gallery Paris, France

2011 October 14


by Grady Harp


 “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different..”         

Coco Chanel      

  There are many parallels between the lives of empress of fashion, Coco Chanel, and the expressionist artist Lita Cabellut.  Both women began their lives in poverty, both found a core of expression that raised the stature of the feminine mystique, both fearlessly confronted a world in the arts controlled by men and inexorably changed that vantage with their own style and temerity: both are exceptional voices in their chosen expressive fields. Though the words may be Chanel’s, they could as easily be Cabellut’s – “My life didn’t please me, so I created my life”.

Lita Cabellut is a painter and a conjurer. Her paintings capture that interior mysterious space within the minds of her subjects, a complex brew of imagination and the compulsion to deal with occult dreams and longings as well as the terror and fragility of the human condition. Her genius lies in her ability to make visible the invisible: passion pours forth from her large-scale portraits that demand our attention and invite us into the process of her creative mind.

complete essay by Grady Harp