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ArtistJuan les PinsFrance

My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colours and forms, the northern light and the southern brightness. Ever since I was a child, I have always seen colours in everything. It is my way to understand the world.

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ON EXHIBITION

Upcoming exhibitions:

Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain, 2019
Museum Gustavo de Maeztu, Art Show Navarra with Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Estella, Spain, 2019
Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain, 2018

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ABOUT ME

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.

Ever since I was a child, I have always seen colours in everything. It is my way to translate what I hear, read, taste, feel, smell or see. In every corner of my life there is a colour or a nuance. Colours are my way to understand the world.

My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colours and forms, the northern light and the southern brightness, the interstices of life, the space that intervenes between things, especially between closely spaced things. The paintings - 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 - include fragments from the past, my dreams and my imagination mixed with images from my life, translated from my emotions. 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 until these works take on something of the quality of miniature frescoes. Degas went back to the deep, sonorous colors of the Venetians, I try to bring up the best of every colour, its deepness, vibrations, force and sensibility. I create images that question the spectator and invite him to take part of an immaterial world, filled with serenity, existentialism and poetry. I love the abstract for its lack of representation and urge my audience to seek clarity and personal spirituality by projecting their own internal ideas onto my canvas. The goal is to create a compelling work of abstract art by which the viewer feels endlessly absorbed in order to generate a meaningful dialogue.

I think that there are endless variations of tone and proportion, resulting in different moods and effects. 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 the big emotions - tragedy, ecstasy, doom." Aiming to envelop the viewer in only one particular colour, applied on large-sized canvases, the expected effect of the paintings is an intense emotion or ethereality.

BIOGRAPHY

Kerstin Paillard, born in 1977 in Paris (France), grown up in Stockholm (Sweden), is a Franco-Swedish artist who lives and works between Nice and Stockholm. She draws her inspiration from her legacy, double culture, Art History, the beauty of nature, the northern and southern light and skies, as well as her emotions and dreams. Her pictural style is a sensitive and original combination, fluctuating between Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting (Helen Frankenthaler, Rothko, Emil Nolde, Degas).
She studied Fine Arts in Vallauris (France) for 1 year, in order to prepare a competitive examination to enter a Contemporary Art School, Villa Arson of Nice (France), where she studied Contemporary Art during 3 years and obtained a Bachelor in Fine Arts. Then, after 5 years at the University of Montpellier (France), she obtained a Master degree in Art History.
Her abstract paintings are a personal expression of her fascination for colours and forms, the northern light and the southern brightness, the interstices of life. Rhythm, harmony and textures are important in the paintings that she makes.
She only uses the pure pigments of the dry pastels, that she crushes, smashes and smears on the canvas, with her fingers and hands, kneeling on the floor, feeling the textures: it is a very physical way of painting. The multiple layers create new combinations and collisions, the light appears or disappears like a cloudy sky, a dream landscape, an ethereal world.
The paintings include fragments from the past, her dreams and her imagination mixed with images from her life, translated from her emotions. They are organic, deep, spiritual, celestial, dreamful and romantic. She creates images that question the spectator and invite him to take part of an immaterial world, filled with serenity, existentialism and poetry.

TECHNIQUE

I only use the pure pigments of the dry pastels (from Blockx), that I crush, smash and smear on the canvas, with my fingers and hands, kneeling on the floor. The multiple layers of colours end up in new combinations and new tints. Rhythm, harmony and textures are made of the contrasts between the colours and the force I put in the gestures and movements I make. I finish the painting with applying several coats of varnish (satin or gloss).

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EXPERTISE

“Kerstin Paillard is a Franco-Swedish artist who has always been fascinated by colours, contrasts and the effects of textures. In her seaside studio she gives birth to vivid « dreamscapes » where the precious light of the north meets the brightness of the south, where the sea and the sky collide, where remote childhood memories become familiar and gather in a vast splash of genuineness. She uses dry pastels on canvas and paints abstract and stylized shapes that seem contagiously alive. Under her nimble fingers the tinctures boil, the outlines tremble, the multiple layers of matter expand to create a dreamy and forceful firework of colours.”

Pascale Louis, director Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France.

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PAST EXHIBITIONS

Solo exhibitions

Céleste, Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2018
Dreamscape, Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Dreams, Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
Pastel, Gallery Riddaren, Stockholm, Sweden, 2015
Couleurs, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2014
Konst är Kul, Handelsbanken, Nice, France, 2013
Black&White, Indoor Gallery, Nice, France, 2012
Colorama, Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France, 2012
Couleurs du Nord, Gallery Atmosphère, Antibes, France, 2011
SSS, Acerma, Paris, France, 2010

Group exhibitions

In Situ Art Fair, Youth Center, Skopje, Macedonia, 2018
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn with Saatchi Art, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York, USA, 2018
The Other Art Fair L.A with Saatchi Art, The Majestic Downtown, Los Angeles, USA, 2018
Affordable Art Fair Stockholm with Redsheep Gallery, Nacka Strandmässa, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Biennale di Genova with Satura Art Gallery, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy, 2017
Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, Hyperspace, The Youth Center, Skopje, Macedonia, 2017
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Il Dopofiera with Satura Art Gallery, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy, 2017
Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Art Expo Genova (Arte Genova Contemporary Art Fair 2017) with Satura Art Gallery, Fiera di Genova, Genova, Italy, 2017
Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, To The Stars, Torino Esposizione, Torino, Italy, 2016
Deeloop Art Fair, Luftkastellet, Limhamn, Sweden, 2016
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
L’Envol, Nice Côte d'Azur, Nice, France, 2015
Swedish Art Biennale – KoBi 15, Nice, France, 2015
Art en Capitale, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2014
Sang Neuf au 109, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2014
Rencontre des Arts, Chapelle Villefranche sur Mer, France, 2014
Autour du Noir, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2013
Summer exhibition, Gallery Atelier 109bis, Tourettes le Var, France, 2013
Swedish Art Biennale – KoBi 13, Nice, France, 2013
Cent Œuvres pour une Œuvre, Palm Beach, Cannes, France, 2012
Summer exhibition, Gallery Atelier 109bis, Tourettes le Var, France, 2012
Diptyques, Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France, 2012
L'Art à l'Oeil, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2011
Nordic Design & Art, Gallery Atmosphere, Antibes, France, 2011

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PUBLICATIONS

Future Flesh (album cover), Oddzoo, Paris, France, 2018
Unknown Homes (album cover), Fast Friends, Paris, France, 2018
The Heroine’s Journey by Peter de Kuster (blog), Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2017
Glint of Gold (single cover), Filago, Paris, France, 2017
Thimister (promotional album cover), Filago,Paris, France, 2016
Det ser sort ud – men det er det ikke (book), Ordskaelv, Hygge Factory, Copenhagen, Danemark, 2012
Today Again Tomorrow (album cover), Starboard Silent Side, Paris, France, 2012
Because Our Friendship Was Meant To Sail (album cover), Starboard Silent Side, Paris, France, 2010

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