AS well as the wonderful style and colouring of her after dark street and canal scenes, one of the main attractions in Larissa Moskaleva’s exhibition is the delightful ambiguity on some of her figurative pieces leaving the viewer guessing what might be happening.
In Waiting, for instance – a virtually monochrome painting – we see a woman’s legs and a black cat.
But will the woman by lucky in who or what she is anticipating?
And to whom is the women saying See You Later, as she stands on the street outside an empty-looking cafe?
These and many more intriguing images are on show at the Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse
Another nicely thought-provoking painting is Memory, with its cigarette-smoking sailor in the foreground and behind, at some distance, a jetty where a women stands with some suitcases.
Where does she want to go, or is this just a past experience recalled by the sailor?
Bacchus Today has a satirical impact, with the wine bottles consumed by the classical character replaced with empty beer cans and crisp packets.
Interior Design is the quirky title for a rear view of a woman in strikingly-coloured backless dress and picture hat.
Another of Larissa’s women walks along a balcony, holding her umbrella with the painting titled Seeming. Again, here’s another guessing game for the visitor.
Umbrellas seems a popular subject for Larissa, appearing in many of the lamp-lit street scenes, where it always seems to be raining.
The canalside scenes, like the Rochdale Canal at Hebden Bridge, have delicious, impressionistic treatment, with superb colouring and atmosphere.