ARTisSpectrum Vol.30, November 2013 - page 100-101

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nspired by a lifetime spent observing nature and its movement, textures, forms,
and colors, Swiss-born
Marcel Neuenschwander
brings a fresh, novel perspective
to abstract paintings. His acrylic and oil pastels on canvas are created using materials
at hand by hand, mixing colors directly on canvas. Utilizing the elemental force
of gravity to give his pieces a natural flow, many of his “brushless” works allow
an artistic freedom rarely seen in pastels. In this, the artist underscores a growing
individualism and liberation from art academia, a mindset seen in many of today’s
galleries and museums, one that stresses a language unique to the artist.
Neuenschwander unites color, movement, direction and center of gravity to express
a spectrum of emotional states. Each piece is boldly illustrative of the artist’s passion
for the medium, combining sharp angles and saturated pastels with backgrounds
that delineate its subject. Each work is also unnamed and highly interpretative,
allowing the viewer to assess intention and meaning on a personal level. One quickly
discovers, through Neuenschwander’s “new pictorial language” and juxtaposition of
methods and styles, a connection that flows directly from artist to viewer.
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Acrylic & Oil Pastel on Canvas 53” x 26”
Marcel Neuenschwander
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s a professional mask-maker and lifelong Venetian,
Sergio
Boldrin
infuses all his work with the history and current
struggles of his native city. Boldrin’s oil paintings manage to
be both confrontational and marvelously soft – a combination
of uncomplicated, bold compositions and ethereal brushwork.
The figures are gently modeled to allow all the suppleness and
nuances of the flesh to come through, and the palette draws
rich, misty shadows and highlights from a range of earth tones.
Their faces are affectingly emotional, and Boldrin matches that
expressiveness with intricately layered strokes that capture the
atmosphere of the canal city.
Boldrin’s subject is twofold: the city of Venice, and her people.
The city is embodied in her architecture, and specifically the
unusual and the surprising rather than the iconic visions of the
city that outsiders are used to. The inhabitants are represented by
Boldrin himself, who in turn is represented by the character of the
Jester, a figure born of the city’s court history and the artist’s own
traditional mask-making. Through this character Boldrin explores
the cultural peaks and valleys of his birthplace.
Boldrin continues to live in Venice and has worked on creative
teams across the globe in his capacity as master mask-maker.
Red Jester Oil on Canvas 39” x 31.5”
Sergio Boldrin
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rench painter
Antoine Guiraud
is an artist, architect and designer whose work has been exhibited across Europe. He was
recently selected as one of the winning artists in the 2013 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, and it’s easy to
see why—his evocative paintings are in a meditative conversation with the transitory nature of light, perception and human
experience. Guiraud’s methodology is concerned with how art captures emotion and understanding. “The brevity of execution
preserves the memory of the gesture,” Guiraud says of his painting technique.
As in the classical tradition, Guiraud’s paintings are window frames that look out onto another world; unlike in the French
Academic tradition, however, Guiraud’s “windows” look inward instead of outward. They don’t describe a place or scene, but
emotion and sensory experience, such as the warmth of sunlight and a breeze blowing through the curtains. There’s something
quiet and poetic about Guiraud’s work, a pause before the conflict and noise of the outside world seeps into one’s private
consciousness through touch, vision or sound. The scope of Guiraud’s cropping is suggestive of Japonisme, showing only a
small part of a room or scene. Yet his paintings frequently offer an astonishing variety of colors, textures and shades, anchored
by strong horizontals and verticals. From expressively rendered details of interiors, Guiraud paints a world of meaning and
possibility. As he says, “...the purpose of the subject is beyond the scope of the painting, in back light of its representation.” There
are worlds of possibility behind the closed curtains and small spaces of Guiraud’s rooms, igniting the imagination of his viewers
with possibility and the tantalizing mystery of the unknown.
Winter Acrylic on Paper & Board 29.5” x 20”
Summer Acrylic on Canvas 16.5” x 11”
Antoine Guiraud
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