The painting Dreamy Conversation 1 is both deeply figurative and deeply abstract.

All of Persefi Eskes’ work sits somewhere between representational and anti-representational, depicting faces, bodies and objects lost in a dreamscape that is vivid and vibrant.

Eskes herself defines her own genre of painting as “abstract experimental figurative ambient,” and as her words reveal, the genre is hard to pin down.

She uses such a variety of techniques in colour and line that it appears that she has used every tool in a child’s colouring box—from thin, precise lines to textured, scribbly washes of colour. Her attention to line is also highlighted in her colouring book Return to Heaven, which can also double as an extraordinary book of line drawings.

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