Elspeth Vince: The Exchange of Small Gifts Solo Show

Cuturi Gallery proudly presents The Exchange of Small Gifts, an enthralling and contemplative collection of works by Elspeth Vince (b. 1993, UK). Vince is a painter who uses her practice to explore our relationship to self-image, the male gaze, the mind-body connection and her emotional responses to these themes.


Vince’s art navigates emotional depths, traversing polarities and liminal spaces, and examining the delicate balance between comfort and discomfort, solitude and connection.

‘The Exchange of Small Gifts’, is a reflective and almost melancholic series, encouraging us to confront the subtle and ponder the interplay between our interior and exterior worlds. Through self-portraiture, Vince beckons us to join her on a journey in the exploration of communicating belonging and connection, addressing questions of morality and purpose.


As a female artist, she reclaims representation for women that Western culture has long ceded to male genius and patriarchal perspectives, and celebrates self-intimacy. Through her work, she experiments with tenderness and sexuality without being reduced to a single label or stereotype, offering a new perspective and re-authorship to highlight how notions of gender are imbued on the trope of the unclothed body.


“The lens I want to look through is taking into consideration all the history of the female artist; the ‘overly emotional female’ and how knowing this, I can communicate tenderness and even sexuality without it being labelled as a single thing; ‘the mother’ or ‘the whore’ trying to work out a disturbing, erotic space for her to sit in without the ownness being on the individual. The scrutiny on the female artist, it’s not new, but I want to experiment with how playing with scale changes this, for example; how does playing with a larger scale of an intimate moment change it from soft and voyeuristic into a more alpha, commanding image? Or does it increase the feeling of voyeurism?” (Vince, 2023)


Vince’s work is a reflection of the human experience, exploring the interplay between light and shadow to symbolise the future and the past, hope and despair, and life and death. The glowing skin in her paintings represents the transference of energy and sentiment, emphasising the power of visual communication and the visceral experience of touch.


With her practice as her vehicle, Vince delves into the power of touch and the memories that our hands hold, tracing the journey of connection. This body of work is especially poignant, as it comes in the wake of Vince’s recent loss of her mother, and serves as a gentle acknowledgement to the effervescence of that profound impact.


Elspeth Vince is a British artist born in 1993 and currently based in London. She received her BA in Fine Art: Printmaking from Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton in 2014. Her work has been featured in exhibitions such as Idle Thoughts at Soho Revue in London, How to Save a Life Drawing at Redchurch Street in London, and Together/Somewhere by Visionary Projects x Art City Works online. She recently completed the Turps Banana CC Course. With recent features in It’s Nice That and the Gucci x Hypebeast ‘New Wave Art’ Campaign (2022), Vince cements her status as a rising star in the art world.


The Exchange of Small Gifts will be on display from 20th May 2023 to 2nd July 2023.

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