Flora Yukhnovich:
Fête galante

28 February - 09 April 2020

Flora Yukhnovich (b.1990) graduated from the City and Guilds of London Art School in 2017. Her first major solo show was at Parafin, London (2019). She has recently worked with Katy Hessel @thegreatwomenartists among others.

For this solo show, Yukhnovich proposes to take stock of her art historical approach to painting through the alternative genre of the ‘fête galante.’ For eighteenth century Rococo artists, the fête galante was understood as an elegant festival or courtly excursion. As a kind of non-category coined by Watteau, Yukhnovich uses it to investigate the French wing of the Rococo style. Though the Rococo has often been considered aristocratic and whimsical, Yukhnovich’s technically accomplished paintings challenge and revise such views.

Yukhnovich addresses the stereotypical feminine gendering of the Rococo through eroticized fairy tales. The related notion of “an enchanted island” emerges as the artist delves deep into art historian Mary Sheriff’s research on Fragonard and his contemporaries (2018).


This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday at our Blenheim Walk Gallery.

Opening night and in-conversation: Thursday 27 February 2020 5-7pm
Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.

Flora Yukhnovich, Warm, Wet N’ Wild, 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy Parafin, London. Photograph Peter Mallet.Image: Flora Yukhnovich, Warm, Wet N’ Wild, 2020. Oil on linen. Courtesy Parafin, London. Photograph Peter Mallet.

  • 28 February - 09 April 2020
  • Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, LS2 9AQ (Get Directions)