Yvette Coppersmith is an outstanding female painter whose work is joyous, exuberant and evocative. She has won a string of awards including the inaugural Metro Art Award and has been an Archibald finalist on numerous occasions most recently with her portrait of John Safran (now returned home at Chalk Horse post tour).
This new body of work she has imagined is a series of portraits, not of people, but of the habitat as an articulation of personal culture and self.
Loft Suite has been constructed over an evening known as The Lock In where in a dodgy St Kilda avenue laden with street workers, above a butcher shop lies a creative oasis where some of Melbourne’s last bohemians come together. In the apartment lives a PHD candidate in architecture and a multimedia artist and the two have created a richly textured and culturally dynamic space. Coppersmith captures this with aplomb encapsulating a kind of prophetic nostalgia at the freedom of youth and artistic engagement at its most wonderful: the art of conversation and sharing.Somehow the absence of figures make the scenes not so much isolating or alienating, but rather there is a sense of putting yourself into these scenes; Coppersmith spreads this sense of the artistic community through to the viewer and warmly invites you to contemplate the culinary offerings of the pots and pans as well as the sounds emitted from the turntables.