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Gallery Must See: Natalia Fabia - Hooker Safari

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Natalia Fabia tackles the world’s oldest profession in her fun solo exhibit Hooker Safari: A Glamorous Jungle Pageant. Giving new meaning to the term “wildlife”, her oil on panel paintings depict frequently tatted babes in various scenarios alongside safari animals.

The seductive works are fantastically original and creative. Appearing at first glance to be photographs, the artists’ skill is the first thing that jumps out at you. Unlike the “honeys” usually seen trolling Sunset & Santa Monica Boulevards; Fabia’s hookers are sexy, and sultry. Her blending of punk and classic glamour bring an edgy current freshness to these brightly colored works.

“Safari Girl Pile” (shown in the above photograph) depicts five languid femme fatales on the plains of Africa after what looks like a long night. The Jean Harlow-ish “Emerald Peafowl Queen” sits theatrically distressed with smeared mascara balancing a beautiful peacock on one shoulder. “Drawn to the Watering Hole” leads you to wonder who the true man-eater is as a gentleman with alligators at his feet is surrounded by enticing ladies of the night in a cool lounge.

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A Los Angeles native, Fabia graduated from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. She also credits her education to The Burgundy Room, Bob’s Classy Ladies, and the Troubadour. The influences of Touluse-Latrec, and Jean Baptise Oudry are evident here in the subject matter, quick multi-colored brush strokes, and soft details.

Fabia’s latest work also branches out into fashion, with the creation of “Hooker Medallions” described as wearable art jewelry; adding another dimension to this talented up & comer. I’ll be looking forward to what she comes up with next!

On view thru Dec. 3rd
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City
www.coreyhelfordgallery.com
www.nataliafabia.com

photo of Safari Girl Pile courtesy of Corey Helford Gallery