Painting Emotions and Verdier


 

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Heroic gestures expand on and out of the image surfaces by French artist Fabienne Verdier in a grand grace defying all limits.  The act of painting becomes a meditation where the painting instrument’s scope and scale demands a new perspective and awareness of the brush stroke. When a gesture commands three times the size of the human figure, a new correlation and comparison emerges between the painted marking and the human body.  The scale of the brush strokes call to mind land masses as seen from an aerial perspective amidst a tranquil ocean.

Jan Kirstein

 

 

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http://fabienneverdier.com

 

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Portrait de Fabienne Verdier Portrait de Fabienne Verdier, 2007. Photograph of Dolorès Marat

1962
• Born in Paris.

1983
• Graduated from Ecole des Beaux-arts de Toulouse.
1984
• Awarded a post-graduate scholarship at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute, China.
1984-1993
• Studied painting, aesthetics and philosophy at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with some of the last great traditional masters.
2003
• Publication of Passagère du silence (Passenger of Silence), (Albin Michel, Paris) — a memoir of her years of apprenticeship with Master Huang Yuan.2016 Patrick Derom Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.

2016 Waddington Custot Gallery, London, United Kingdom.
2015 Galerie Alice Pauli, Lausanne, Switzerland.
2014 City Hall, Hong Kong, China. Curated by Daniel Abadie.
2013 Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris, France.
2013 Patrick Derom Gallery, Bruges, Belgium.
2013 Erasmus Museum, Brussels, Belgium. Curated by Daniel Abadie.
2013 Memling Museum, Bruges, Belgium. Curated by Daniel Abadie.
2013 Groeninge Museum, Bruges, Belgium. Curated by Daniel Abadie.

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Sally Muir


www.sallymuir.uk


My approach is to keep
it simple, less is more is what I try and aim for — doing things succinctly.

Sally Muir

https://youtu.be/Pq_dbAFU9q4

 

 

 

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Artist Sally Muir is based in Bath, UK and is a prodigious portrait painter of dogs. Other subjects include human portraits and landscapes, as well as the occasional rodent and bird. For years Ms. Muir focused on her knitwear business Muir & Osborne as both a designer and author. With her partner Joanna Osborne, they have published seven knitting pattern books that include Pet Heaven, The Animal Accessory Bible, Best in Show, Knit Your Own Dog, (also Cat, Pet, Zoo, Farm and Dinosaur) and the children’s book Patch’s Grand Dog Show. Ms. Muir returned to university as a mature student with a concentration on Fine Art. Children’s portraits gave way to dog portraits as is evidenced in her 365 Facebook dogfest “A Dog A Day”. Ms. Muir is the recipient of many awards and her work appears regularly in galleries. She accepts and enjoys commission work — dogs and humans alike.

 

 

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EDUCATION
Foundation: Bath City College 1997–1998
Degree: Bath School of Art and Design.
First Class Honors Degree: 1998–2003

 

 

 

EXHIBITIONS
2015
RWA Open, Bristol
The Masters Bankside, London
Black Swan Open, Frome
Bath Society of Artists Portrait Prize
Quercus Gallery, Bath
The Dog Show, Brighton
A Dog a Day Pound Arts, Corsham

 

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Dog portraits by Sally Muir are flashes of line and color that perfectly capture the spirit and soul of the dog she is painting. When you see a dog portrait by Sally Muir, you know you have seen the heart of the dog, with all its universality as well as unique individuality. Her work is direct, intuitive, yet precise in its presence. Each mark, each brush stroke appears as absolutely necessary in conveying a distillation of the essential in each dog. This is a painter who knows dogs so completely that you can firmly believe that her every brush stoke contains absolute Dog DNA-essence.

Janis Kirstein

 

 

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Collector’s Choice: Rick Bennett


 

 

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“I think I do better painting when I’m calm, and meditation is definitely helpful for that. For me painting can be a kind of meditation in itself: not always, but the best painting sessions for me are when I’m totally focused on the process, and get into a completely intuitive state of mind. I don’t actually “think” about colors or brush marks or shapes, I just do it—or it just happens. Of course a lot of times painting can be frustrating and disappointing but for me the best times are the most meditative.”

Rick Bennett

 

 

 

 

Rick Bennett: About the Artist

 

Rick Bennett is a nationally known artist whose works reside in over one-hundred public, academic, corporate, and private collections as far west as Los Angeles and as far east as New York City. The artist’s paintings have received many national and regional awards including the Wiesberg award for realist painting and the Norman Kolhepp award for painting. Bennett has recently been chosen for the upcoming publication Indiana Artists of the 21st Century

 

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Selected Collections

 

Sidley, Austin, Brown, and Wood New York, NY.
College of Mt. St. Vincent, New York, NY.
Hoyt Institute of Fine Art, New Castle, PA.
Brown Forman Corporation, Louisville, KY.

 

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Dolgen Corporation, Atlanta, GA.
Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, Louisville, KY.
In Flux, Taunton, MA.
BellSouth Corporation, Louisville, KY.
Nanjing Academy of Fine Arts, Nanjing, China.

 

 

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Kosair Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY.
Mallor Bordner and Miller, Bloomington, IN.
Ventas Corporation, Chicago, IL.
Aesthetics in Jewelry, Louisville, KY.
Mayan Gypsy, Louisville, KY.

 

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Ogden, Newell, and Welch, Louisville, KY.
Van Hoose and Associates, Lexington, KY.
Centre College, Danville, KY
Hanover College, Hanover, IN.
F.B.N. Productions, Lexington, KY.

 

 

 

To me, the common thread that holds all of Rick Bennet’s work together is an incredible sense of presence with the entire universe that prevails in each image or object, whether ceramic piece, oceanscape or pattern exploration. The unique quality of “Being There” rises through the quiet emergence of shifting light in translucent ripples of the ocean bed, in the repetition of seemingly simple patterns, in the harmonious curve of a clay vessel.

All of his work radiates a centeredness most uncommon in our collective human consciousness. This contemplative awareness, often elusive in our day to day existence is revealed in his work. So many of us rarely glimpse these moments of centered awareness in our lives often spent pursuing the frantic business of living.

If you take the time to slow down, and allow the work to enter your consciousness, you will be taken beyond space and time to a place of immeasurable inner peace.

Written by Janis Kirstein

I would like to give special thanks to Ric Bennett for allowing me to feature his art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

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