Archive for July 3, 2012

Artist of the moment…. Kenne Gregoire….

A short interview with the artist in his native tongue, it is with English subtitles. He thinks acrylics are easier to paint with than oils.

Far better than I can do in the gallery this clip has many works of Kenne Gregoire set to music. PERFECT HARMONY!

The next few reports will be about artists working with the still life. When I first started my art journey I was bored out of my mind by the still life. But as an experienced viewer who has seen tens of thousands of images, I have grown quite fond of the still life. Lets take a look at some old masters as well as contemporary artists who have chosen to make the still life a large part of their portfolio.

Kenne Gregoire is a great artist and I think we all can learn how a picture changes when objects are lengthened. This can be a building as well as a glass or a piece of silverware. A fantastic tip I learned from the artist Paul Gruppe was to lean a straight object slightly backward to give it character and not make it seem more lively. If you lean the buildings forward it can look like the are falling to the viewer.

The artist works with both oils and acrylics and paints on board as well as linen.

The artist hails from the Netherlands and was born to a well known sculptor in Europe named Paul Gregoire. He attended school at the State Academy of Arts in Amsterdam finishing school in 1973.

He won a silver medal at an important art event called the Prix de Rome.

In 1976 he was invited by the Italian Minister of Culture to study abroad in Italy.

I enjoy the emotional state of his characters as well, very easy to interpret for the viewer. He also is a master of blending edges, which is sometimes difficult to do with acrylic paints. His wrinkles in clothes as well as the faces of elderly people are all done with a light touch which blends warm and cool colors making the characters more lifelike. The artist paints a grey toned image first, then piles color on top.

Another aspect to love about the artist’s work is his view of perspective. Often times he takes the birds eye view. Even something as simple as a coffee cup on a patterned tabletop can be exciting when seen from above.¬† The artist is highly skilled at developing different textures. From wood to velvet to fresh fruit and vegetables each subject is in fact a portrait.

With the flattened picture space looking down, it brings the subject right to the forefront of the viewing experience. Fantastic nudes by the artist not only show the wonderful lines and curves of the figure, but also the fun that can be had when mixing patterns of the floor, bedding, and wall.

On line and land based galleries: Mokum Gallery in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  http://www.galeriemokum.com/Hoofdpagina

The artist has two books out you can find on his website. One retails for $20 and $15.

For some art homework  try painting a still life from above and take advantage of the top view by making a great design from wood grain in the table and try lengthening a glass or cup and see what you come up with! Have fun creating!

D