Darby Lahger, “Numb,” graphite on paper, 14 x 18 inches

The occult and gothic renaissance have been hauntingly brought together by Last Rites Gallery, just as October is about to arrive.

Last Rites Gallery is delighted to present “Transcendence” now through September 30 in New York City. The group exhibition explores the occult, gothic renaissance, iconography, and more through the creative visions of Darby Lahger and Jasmine Worth. “Both artists’ work explores the exploitation of the disenfranchised, while giving them a voice and strength all their own,” the gallery suggests.

Jasmine Worth, “Daughter of the Seventh Star,” oil on panel, 7 1/2 x 6 inches
Jasmine Worth, “Faithless,” oil on panel, 7 x 5 inches
Darby Lahger, “The Visitor,” graphite on paper, 14 x 18 inches

“Darby Lahger’s charcoal and graphite drawings were constructed from a deep state of introspection, while simultaneously exploring themes of old folklore. The development of her new series stems from personal experience, as she created freely and in the moment, resulting in art that is primarily autobiographical in nature. An emotive strength exudes from her drawings, creating visual expressions that leave lasting impressions on the viewer. Lahger’s art-brut approach results in works reminiscent of neo-romanticism.

Darby Lahger, “Night Stalker,” graphite on paper, 14 x 18 inches
Jasmine Worth, “Mother of Sorrows,” oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches
Darby Lahger, “Huldra,” graphite on paper, 14 x 18 inches
Jasmine Worth, “Gate of Dawn,” oil on panel, 9 x 5-1/2 inches

“Jasmine Worth challenges the false dichotomy displayed in classic, religious works of art. Drawing inspiration from the Early Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelites, Worth reimagines the Madonna with a contemporary countenance, producing imagery that is as relatable as it is intriguing. As opposed to figures portrayed as either completely virtuous, like the Virgin Mary, or unchaste, as with Mary Magdalene, Worth’s velvety, stoic oil portraits showcase a broad spectrum of culture, tradition and femininity.”

To learn more, visit Last Rites Gallery.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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