Sophie von Hellermann, "Novel Ways"

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Lyrical, surreal forms rendered in simple, dreamlike strokes on unprimed canvas are a hallmark of the work by this German figurative painter, who lives and works in London. The approach behind her latest canvases—illustrating common animal-related expressions, such as the elephant in the room—seems direct enough, but it yields the luminous, otherworldly results typical of this artist.