For the exhibition Dearly Beloved Dan Schein has invited the artist Anna Ilsley to co-exhibit. The two artists’ practices are presented side by side in dialogue with each other at an exhibition devoted to the sensual and picturesque qualities of painting. Both artists have their starting points in a world of figures where logical laws and ordinary abstinence are dismissed and instead a universe of character types who let themselves devour into nature, sex, each other and themselves is unfolded. Where Schein’s well-known expressive and brutal brush strokes invite to a world of absurdities, mystical and mythical scenes, Ilsley unites the sensitive transparent painting with female sexuality. The naked woman is an art historical archaeal motive which until few centuries ago exclusively was pictured by (and for) the male gaze. In this context, female sexuality has been both a curiosity and a topic for debate and shame. Ilsley re-tells and reinterprets the naked female body where the male gaze is rejected in favour of Ilsley’s own. The result is a kind and humoristic treatment of female sexuality. Same love and humour are to be found in the paintings of Schein who also presents his figures with an energy and an easy forbearance. Dearly Beloved is an exhibition where the painting with its narrative strength investigates and treats those aspects of lived life that are not necessarily always on public view but nonetheless are an important part of humanity itself.