Thursday, November 1, 2012

Herve Dubreil - Unusual Perception

Dubreil’s work was recently exhibited at the Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence in connection with a Picasso retrospective.

We see hesitant figures moving in imaginary spaces, mixing with each other and connecting in a fluid space. Neither abstract or figurative, Dubreil’s work is a world in motion, frozen in colors and texture. Dubreil has matured and modified his pictoral expression over the years and has recently brought into his studio the inspiration of his love of Jazz. A universal harmony emerges from his work. These are works of distinction which never impose on the viewer or even the subject.

He is an artist who makes no concession

No tricks are allowed

Art at its purest

Monday, October 1, 2012

Zivana Gojanovic - Existentialism

The very nature of existence, of experiencing our own existence, is primal.
It goes beyond thought or words.
The recurring theme to Gojanovic’s work is
existentialism, the struggle of the common
man to overcome, or just to understand,
the forces that are larger than himself that
shape his existence.

Man is a vessel that
carries his soul if released to the sky the
two become whole. ENERGY. We all walk
a path of many tales and in the end the story
will be told. A window is not to only open
and close, it is to see the beauty around.
Her work is not subject to cultural trends
or current events.

Her themes are
timeless. The very nature of existence, of
experiencing our own existence, is
primal. It goes beyond thought or words.
Her paintings emerge from the
subconscious mind, a place where words
do not exist in and of themselves.

The subconscious constantly keeps its own
record of experience. It is the fertile
ground that germinates our ideas of who
we are and where we are going. This is
where she resides when she paints:
beyond words or trends. The
subconscious is a mystical place, and
its primal propulsion drives us all.

So in her paintings, through repetitive
symbols, strong colors and shapes she
attempts to create an emotional state in
the viewer that allows him to connect to
his own core strengths, transcending the
Sisyphean tasks of daily life and thereby
reaching a state of hope and enlightenment.
Her work has been exhibited in the
United States and Croatia and is in the
private collections of David Copperfield,
Magician/Entertainer and Dr. Laura
Schlessinger, Radio Personality. In 2007
she was commissioned to paint Senator
Hillary Clinton’s portrait.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Alina Maksimenko - Wandering Palette

Her paints resemble sounds

"My fingers wander around the canvas as I play with my instrument.My eyes will dash through the darkness of paint like headlights in the night."

This is how Maksimenko describes how she works.

"My ears hovering over the world,
like a bat spreading its wings to fly.
First I know not where I am,
I see nothing in front of me,
I hear not a word.

But the beating heart of my fingers,
eyes & ears come together
and tell me about it all,

 Maksimenko is spontaneous by nature
and consequently having an open, natural
and uninhibited manner enables her to work
both independently and with an obvioius
sense of freedom.

Her confident lines are always loose and fluid;
showing the observer her true quality and strength,
which lies in her simplicity.
Whether one is admiring a harbour scene,
a still life or a nude,
one is immediately struck by her excellent composition
and her extraordinary use of color.
Her paints resemble sounds.
Artfully colorful, the crawl out of their shelters -
jars, boxes, small and large tubes -
and scream in different voices when trying to
assume possession of the biggest possible territory.
 Many people are inspired by Maksimenko's work
and a great many of these people are artists themselves.
That surely speaks volumes about Maksimenko who is
undoubtebly a shining star from the East.
Her work has been exhibited all over Europe
in France, Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as
Croatia, Russia and Ukraine. 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Dany Jung - Playfulness

Dany Jung - Playfulness

In 1962, Jung discovered traditional Alsatian pottery in Soufflenheim. His skill has evolved and he has clearly been influenced by his travels abroad. His recent work is inspired by the ancient art of Chinese burial figures. He has added a dose of his whimsical personality to each piece.

Between heaven and earth, between the fall and flight, he cultivates a taste of the imbalance in a harmonious sculpture. As a graphic designer, he loved the line and shapes. Traveler first, bringing back wonderful books, a fortune of information about the countries he visited.

It is an art to escape gravity. To Dany Jung playing and creating defies the world. Sophisticated is the circle, acrobats and dancers, animal exhibitors, wrestlers. It is a circle of movement, a circle of excellence.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Jean Triolet - Painter of Felicity

From the fragrance of the garrigue, one drifts slowly towards
that impalpable lightness of things that attests that his
paintings are about felicity.

A grey-blue background, a hand and brush that paint. A line is drawn, forms appear. In several minutes, a landscape of Provence emerges on the canvas. And the painting had the effect of an antidote. If you are depressed or melancholy, settle yourself in front of this armful of colors. Your eyes light up, a smile comes to your lips, your soul finds serenity.

Painting is to Triolet what rhetoric is to a public defender: an arsenal for eloquent expression. Between the Mediterranean and the Alpilles, he found the land whose beauty he has recreated for thirty years, the Provence “that laughs, that cries, that sings with the cicadas.”

“I’ve always had Cezanne’s palette, I mean in the tones,” he explains. “For three decades, I’ve played with the nuances. There is a law in painting: one color is judged in regards to another color.”

Each canvas of Triolet is a personal vision of Provence, a Provence of origins, quasi-immemorial, that he would like to see preserved from the ravages of industrialization and galloping urban growth. Nostalgia? No.  Only the love of nature and respect for an indentity. One cannot help but subscribe to this thought of Alauzen di Genova: “The painter in front of his stretched canvas reconstitutes the mental architecture that he transposes from nature - to render it more sensible to others.” Who would blame Triolet for magnifying or idealizing his Provence?

The still-lifes and landscapes confirm his gifts of observation and his infatuations. What has changed, someone has said, are the softest colors. This is a new departure in his painting, yet not a repudiation of his previous criteria. And nothing allows us to judge this better than his recent productions or exhibitions. His art has the same coherence.

Triolet has too much experience to ignore that painting is a profession, a double engagement of the eye and spirit. It is an art of perception as much as one of memory. If the French artist, ambassador for his country, is appreciated in Europe and overseas, it is because in the United States, in Japan, in Switzerland or in Canada, people like knowing that his painting is more about what it contains than what it shows.

His paintbrush reconciles you with the real treasures of life. He is a painter of felicity.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Lorraine Jordan - A Colorful Seduction

Her love of Provence will be embraced in your heart!
 The Jordan piece above was recently featured in Texas Home & Living featuring our client's home in Austin. Interior Designer David Fuller with Alyson Jon Interiors utilized this piece as their inspiration for the client's living room.
In the living room a groin vault was created to draw the eye up. Bookcases David took from Mr. White’s office sit in front of closed alcoves. David says, “We did not want the built-in look in the living room. Furniture has much more of a richness and texture.” The inspiration for the room is a colorful landscape painting by Lorraine Jordan that hangs above the fireplace. With a cinnamon and chartreuse color scheme, “All houses must have humor,” David says, which is what he loves about the color combination. “You tell a client you are going to do chartreuse with copper welting over cinnamon ultra suede [sofas], most people would go, ‘Oh geez, I don’t know if I can do that’, but she said yes.  It was an immediate yes. It was the variety of color.”
 Through a vivid and melodious pallet, with symphonies of pinks, reds and yellows, Lorraine Jordan paints the subjects and the landscapes of southern Provence with a remarkable simplicity and subtlety.
Her paintings ring true because they portray, with love, the harmony of her living environment in its setting of luxuriant nature where the olives and cypresses stand guard over the vines, living symbols
of the Mediterranean sun.
 Much like Paul Gauguin, whose work she admires, her paintings rely on simple color surfaces.
 It is her use of brilliant, luminous colors, however, that captures the single beauty of her surroundings and adds richness to her paintings.

Seattle Art Galleries - R E Welch Gallery