Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

The Figurative Paintings of michel guerin

Posted in mixed media, Oil, Painting on November 9th, 2009 by Alice – 2 Comments

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le chapeau cloche 9 - the cloche hat

le chapeau cloche 9 – the cloche hat

I came across  michel guerin’s painting through my Filckr site. His work captured my imagination the minute I saw it. It made me think of the 20′s, of France in the 20′, of people and romance in the 20′s. At least how I have always imagined the 20′s to be.

At the same time his paintings are contemporary in their subject matter, the human condition. Both in groups and in the solitary figure.

A Tanger

A Tanger

michel told me that he is 69 years old and has been a professional painter since 1975. He has a MA and a PhD in literature  from University in Aix en Provence. At the same time he was attending Escole Nationale des Arts Deco.  He taught for a few years and then decided he wanted to see the world. He worked for TWA as a purser and was based in Rome where he began to paint.

He said, ” I began as an abstract painter, but I got fed up trying to paint ideas. I decided I wanted to paint things and human beings.”

les beaux jours 17

les beaux jours 17 - beautiful days

michel has had exhibitions around the world and now lives in Italy. He is a resident of the Riviera where “I find the kind of landscapes I like.”

Parade

Parade

It was so very hard for me to choose which paintings to share with you. michel is nothing if not prolific. His flickr site is full of his interesting work.

chez GabyHe portrays people being people, living, drinking, loving, singing, dancing, he show us it all. He truly reveals that he loves people and show us to ourselves.

dans l'atelier

dans l'atelier

This is a photo of  michel in his work space. On his flickr site under this photo he wrote..

  1. My favourite colour is RED
  2. I believe in friendship
  3. I only have female friends
  4. I’ve been married for 44years(same wife)
  5. I hate sports
  6. I love dogs and cats
  7. I’m utterly pessimistic
  8. I hate cities and crowds,so I live in a small village of the Italian Riviera (27 inhabitants)
  9. Went to an art school, was a teacher, was a purser on TWA, became a professional painter in 75 with my  first show in Paris, lived 7 years in London, 4 years in Tangiers and finally Italy
  10. I’m painting because I want to stay alive
ne me quitte pas - do not leave me

ne me quitte pas - do not leave me

He left me with this last thought, “Oh yes, I forgot, I’m French, love the sea and women, (married 44 years with the same one!!)”.

Unfortunately, there is no website, but you can see over 100 fabulous paintings of michel’s on his flickr site.

Leave him a comment there, I know he’s loved to hear from you. Tell him I sent you!


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The Figurative Art of Jereme and Sam Crow

Posted in Fabric, Oil, Painting, textile on August 18th, 2009 by Alice – 6 Comments
Dancing

Dancing

I’ve been a fan of Jereme Crow ‘s action filled paintings for quite awhile now. His figures are so alive, while his colors are soft and easy on the eye. I want to laugh and tap my feet, I can feel the motion.

Golden Spray

Golden Spray

On his web site Jereme writes,  ”To attempt to explain my paintings would be an after thought. They  are a celebration and exploration of the beauty of colour and the human form. I am attracted to dance as a source of inspiration because of the endless compositions created by the human form. The beauty, energy and emotion that is captured through movement. Art is beauty. Capturing a feeling, or an idea and  through the use of a subject attempting to create something beautiful.”

Tango

Tango

In my opinion, he has easily accomplished all of the above and something else as well. An involvement with the viewer.

Leap Frog

Leap Frog

After I contacted Jereme and while I was pouring over his site to choose paintings to feature here, I noticed a link to Sam Crow. I clicked and was taken to a very exciting blog featuring textile art by Jereme’s wife Sam. To my delight, not just textile art, but figurative textile art.

Staircase

Staircase

While Jereme’s paintings require the viewer to move, if not actually, then mentally, Sam’s work is more introspective, slowing the viewer down to  be self  analytical.

Pink Shoes

Pink Shoes

She states on her site in reference to a recent exhibition, “For this show, most of the women are sitting or lying down, exhausted or resting, this is because i am suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome at the moment and have to rest and sleep lots…… so i was focussing on that, and trying to incorporate my feelings about that and how it effects me and others, and trying to restrict myself to those sort of postures in a similar way that we are resticted often in our activities and have to force ourselves to stop and rest….which is hard when i work obsessively and have to be dragged away from the sewing machine!

I think as women, mothers, wives, even without chronic fatigue syndrome, we can all relate to those times of shear exhaustion.

Dressing Room

Dressing Room

I  love this one. Contemplation, a pause in a busy life…. a look, if you will, into the dream.

Summer Love

Summer Love

What a wonderful feeling this pictures leaves us with. Maybe after a good dance, a snugly rest is needed.

Jereme and Sam Crow live in South East Kent, UK

You can find out more about his talented couple by visiting their websites. Jereme Crow’s fabulous, lively art can be seen at Jereme Crow Fine Art and Sam Crow’s wonderful textile portraits can be view at Sam Crow Drawing with Stitches.

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Annett E. Bank’s Figuative Art is Energy in Motion

Posted in Contemporary, Painting on August 5th, 2009 by Alice – Be the first to comment

Synchronicity II

Synchronicity II

When Annett and I first talked she was working on a project that has been evolving over several years, since she was in Art School actually. Now she works in the top floor studio of her old Victorian Home in Brighton, UK.

The painting, Synchronicity II, reflects her studies of esoteric and spiritual teachings and she is influenced by the concept of the Oneness of all things, as well as the merging of the male and female principle. She was kind enough to send me some pictures of the work in progress and I’ve posted them below.

The Sketch

The Sketch

Annett wrote to me, “It (this painting) states that people are made to be unaware of their true origin, their amazing vastness as a being that has comprised within themselves all the elements of the universe. An unspeakable wonder, but we experiencing life as limiting, suffocating and often depressing. The sensation of ‘a human experience’ stands therefore in stark contrast to our infinite, eternal existence.”

Stage 1

Stage 1

“For that reason I want to convey the couple in a confined capsule-like shape, which coincidentally reminds us of the shape of a heart – representing the idea of Togetherness within Separateness, yet sensing that the bubble will soon open.”

Stage 2

Stage 2

She goes on the say, “This is an image of male and female opposites who choose to exist in a close space together, but ending up seeking to manipulate each other to fulfill their own ends. I played with the idea that humanity is about to be birthed into a new, higher consciousness, but yet not aware of it – so the old drama of separateness, duality and dysfunction is still played out between them in their private lives.”

Stage 3

Stage 3

The progression,  the layers of paint and feeling and thought that builds this work is interesting to me. Each stage is able to stand on it’s own, yet it is still waiting for that final brush stroke. But after speaking with Annett, it still might not be “finished”. But it has been shown, here it is between two more of her energetic works at a recent exhibition.

Exhibition

She has had numerous exhibitions in the UK and her work is in many private collections. In 2008 she was recognized as one of UK’s Best Graduates by the SaLon Gallery in Notting Hill and exhibited at the ‘Midsummer Art Fair’ at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, London.

Yellow Dancer

Yellow Dancer

I’m drawn to Annett’s  work, I enjoy the intertwining of contemporary texture and color with classical movement and energy. I particularly enjoy her Dancer Series and her portrait work is stunning.

Untitled

Untitled

Annett’s accomplishments are too many to list here, but you can find out more about her on her website and spend some time enjoying more of her vibrant work.

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