Deborah Oropallo


Recent works by premiere Bay Area artist Deborah Oropallo will be on view this season at the de Young Museum in San Francisco from March 17-Sept. 16. “Guise” is a new series of large-scale digital prints that continue the artist’s interest in computer-manipulated imagery. These hybrid portraits appropriate seductive images of women in a variety of contemporary costumes from Internet sources, coupled with 17th-and 18th-century portrait paintings of men in power and of nobility. Oropallo draws striking parallels between the two unlikely sources by focusing on seduction and power through gesture and pose. The artist layers each image, causing them to be revealed simultaneously, drawing connections through stance, gesture and attire. This re-contextualization brings forth issues of gender, fantasy, power and sexuality. Recent museum exhibitions for Oropallo include works with the Greenville Museum of Art in North Carolina, the San Jose Museum of Art in California and the Boise Art Museum in Idaho. Oropallo is also represented by the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, Scott White Contemporary in San Diego and the Gail Severn Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho. Select Deborah Oropallo to view a previous DailyServing entry.