Girl with the Red Hair (2022)
This painting was made from imagination, meaning that Lad did not use a specific reference or model to work from. The artist wanted to create a portrait of a strong, passionate, confident woman, and used a modern impressionist style to do so.
Modern impressionism is a style that emphasizes the use of light and color to capture the essence of a subject, rather than focusing on realistic representation. In this painting, Lad has used bold colors such as red and orange to suggest passion and energy, and the girl's posture and expression convey a sense of confidence and strength.
The significance of the painting lies in how it challenges traditional notions of femininity and beauty. By portraying a woman who is strong, passionate, and confident, Lad celebrates the resilience of women in society. The painting also fits into the wider context of art history and contemporary culture, as it reflects a growing interest in portraying women in more empowering ways.
Oil on cotton canvas