Abstract painting

The dark works of Lina Iris Viktor which combine photography and abstract painting with touches of 24 carat gold

The Libero-British artist’s unique approach stems from a background in theater and film at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and continued studies in photography and design at the School of Visual Arts, as well as training in high school performing arts.

Now she has her first solo exhibition in the UK, Some are born for endless night – Dark Matterwhich will launch at Autograph in London on September 13 and run until January 25, 2020. The immersive exhibition showcases over 60 new and existing works with key pieces from Viktor’s ongoing Dark Continent series, as well as a selection of unique paintings on canvas – including recent works debuted at the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Viktor’s works on paper and canvas draw on a variety of artistic traditions and visual influences, from European portraiture, classical mythology and astronomy to ancient Egyptian and African symbolism. Its deep, lustrous blacks are punctuated with luminous gold and opulent ultramarine blue. “At the heart of Lina Iris Viktor’s distinctive practice are complex cultural narratives and powerful mediations of darkness and being: each of Viktor’s lavish works are layered with profound provocations on history and culture, fueled by its astute interest in etymology, astrophysics and healing recovery”, explains Renée Mussai, the curator of the exhibition at Autograph.

“In a productive tension between aesthetics and politics, history is creatively reimagined with a focus on the circularity of time and an affirmative digging into our collective pasts.”

by Lina Iris Viktor Some are born for endless night – Dark Matter runs from September 13 at Autograph in London. Find out more at www.linaviktor.com.



Lina Iris Viktor, No. XXVI Refuge from after . . . A Coming Judgment. From the series Dark Continent — Act III: The Wake, 2018-9. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, NO.  IX, RECALL, THE GOLD SIFTED FROM DIR T... From the DARK CONTINENT I – XII GENESIS series, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, NO. IX, RECALL, THE GOLD SIFTED FROM DIR T… From the DARK CONTINENT I – XII GENESIS series, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, II.  Because some are born for an endless night.  Black matter.  From the series Dark Continent: The Seven, 2015-9.  Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, II. Because some are born for an endless night. Black matter. From the series Dark Continent: The Seven, 2015-9. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, third, of the A Haven series.  A hell.  A Deferred Dream, 2017-8.  Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, third, of the A Haven series. A hell. A Deferred Dream, 2017-8. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, We are the Night — The Keepers of Light From the series Dark Continent: Dark Testament, 2015-9.  Ordered by autograph.  Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, We are the Night — The Keepers of Light From the series Dark Continent: Dark Testament, 2015-9. Ordered by autograph. Courtesy of the artist and Autograph, London. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, NO.  XX A PROPHECY.  AND THE FOG HAS STARTED.  .  .  From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII - XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, NO. XX A PROPHECY. AND THE FOG HAS STARTED. . . From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII – XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, Materia Prima II, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, Materia Prima II, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor

Lina Iris Viktor, NO.  XVI COUNTER MEMOIRS OF THE HEALER.  From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII - XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.  Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor



Lina Iris Viktor, NO. XVI COUNTER MEMOIRS OF THE HEALER. From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII – XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Copyright: © Lina Iris Viktor