Northern Skies I

Kerstin PaillardJuan les PinsFrance

2018Pigments on stretched canvas

70 x 70 cm

The northern light and skies and their unique and ever changing design have always inspired me and are the basis of my artistic work. The night and specially the sky at night, with the moon hiding behind the clouds and creating this magical atmosfear are very inspiring moments for me. This painting is a tribute to Lapland, to the savage swedish landscapes, to my home country. It is an expression of my admiration and fascination to the Northern skies and the silence of the nights in Laponia. Pigments applied on stretched canvas and satin varnish finish.

WOOCS 2.1.9

$ 2,529

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Louise Bourgeois once said « Colour is stronger than language. It’s a subliminal communication. »

Impressionist theory, the philosophy of Josef Albers, the artists who worked under the name of Color Field Painting, the contemporary metaphysics of Olafur Eliasson, all were passionate about particular shades.

My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colours and forms, skies and landscapes, the northern light and the southern brightness. The paintings are only made of pigments from the dry pastels that I crush, smash and smear on the canvas, in order for each painting to have a very profound and captivating presence. I paint laying on the floor, I feel nearer, more part of the painting, working from the four sides, walking around it and literally being in the painting. Like Degas' late works in pastel, my pastelworks are more painted than drawn : I put coat after coat of colored chalk on the canvas, moistening them and piling up one surface on another, trying to bring up the best of every tint, its deepness, vibrations, force and sensibility. To preserve the special aspect of dry pastel and the brightness and deepness of the pure pigments, and to heighten the effect of each color, I have developed a unique process of varnishing the pastels on the canvas by applying the mixture in many thin layers, in order to get the same finnish as an oil painting.

I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. I want the paintings to be highly expressive, to glow from within, conveying strong emotional content. Like Rothko, I am moved by color relationships, but I don’t want my pictures appreciated solely for their spectral qualities. He said, « If you are only moved by color relationships, then you miss the point. » I'm interested in expressing strong emotions and deep feelings, creating a meaningfull dialogue with the spectators, envelop the viewers in a particular atmosphere, and inviting them to take part of an immaterial world, filled with serenity, existentialism and poetry. I love the abstract for its lack of representation and total freedom, and I urge the viewers to seek personal spirituality by projecting their own internal ideas onto my canvas.

An Art Residency (during summer and fall 2018) in Lapland in the North of Sweden, led me to create a body of work called Laponia, which captured the indigo sunset and the multiple hues of the Northern skies, a serie of paintings composed of several interconnected artworks inspired by the light, the skies, the landscapes and the colors of these artic areas.

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