Angela de la Cruz

At first glance, de la Cruz’s paintings appear to have been vandalised or flagrantly abused. Mangled stretchers, slashed canvases, twisted and violated, are hung on the wall like macabre trophies, and yet it is this deliberate and systematic desecration of the canvases, which informs the end result.

Emotionally raw, yet canny and sharply ironic, de la Cruz confronts the ‘problem’ with painting by incorporating its very destruction into the work itself. “The moment I cut through the canvas I get rid of the grandiosity of painting.”Violent, unapologetic and often darkly humorous, her work unabashedly exposes a visceral emotionalism, breaking the barriers of the established norms of painting. Implicit is the sense that a scene of frenetic violent activity has just taken place leaving in its wake the strangely paradoxical feeling of spent energy and a sense of calm; a visual catharsis.

– text courtesy Lisson Gallery, London.


Angela de la Cruz lives and works in London. Angela was nominated for The Turner Prize in 2010 and is represented by Lisson Gallery, London.

The Contemporary Art Society purchased One Painting, 1999 in 2004 which was exhibited in the Contemporary Art Society ShowCASe exhibition held at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh in 2005, and Showcase Preview held at South London Gallery in 2004.

Contemporary Art Society Members’ visited Angela’s studio in 2010.


Angela de la Cruz