Tetat Ton is a painter from Bangkok, Thailand.
Will you be in New York City in April? Then you can’t miss Philippe Charles Jacquet’s surrealistic landscapes.
Philippe Charles Jacquet is an architectural painter: his haunting surrealistic landscapes are an exercise in precision, layered variety, and esoterism
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Les Reclus is a solo exhibition featuring the carefully articulated dreamscapes of Philippe Charles Jacquet to be exhibited at the Hugo Galerie in New York City. The show introduces new pieces by the artist in his celebrated style in which he builds his watery worlds with various and highly planned painting techniques.
Les Reclus’ title is more relevant to his canvas’ structural capacity than their figural; while most canvases contain more than one figure, rarely does a canvas contain more than one structure. The reclusivity of Jacquet’s built environments, dramatically poised within surreal and stretching landscapes, lends his paintings an enigmatic quality. Adding to their mystery is the fact that they cannot be quickly dismissed as make-believe—they are too realistic, too aligned with our own experiences of stone houses, wooden rowboats, reflection pools, receding tides, and cloud-filled horizons. Even the slope of a figure’s slouching shoulders is too… personal.
Jacquet is an architectural painter; he plans his landscapes and their built environments with measured precision, constructing them in a layered variety of media and methods until they are as real as they are imagined. The materiality finessed, from mirror-like water to rust-scored wood grain, brings his painted compositions to life. The combination of textures, geometric accuracy, and concise colors creates an esotericism that includes viewers rather than excludes them; Jacquet’s solitary structures do not reject but envelop the viewer with the familiarity of a feeling. As if we’ve been here before. Perhaps in a dream.
Hugo Galerie is a fine art gallery in New York City specializing in contemporary figurative painting and sculpture. The gallery represents an international roster of artists working in a variety of media and range of genres.
Le Reclus, oil on board, 311⁄2″ x 311⁄2″ (80 x 80cm)
Le Port d’Attache, oil on board, 283⁄4” x 351⁄2” (73 x 90.2cm)
Une Soirée Ordinaire, oil on board, 471⁄4″ x 471⁄4″ (120 x 120cm)
Born in 1928, in Kochi, Japan, Toshiko Okanoue grew up in Tokyo. She began to make photo collages while she was studying fashion design and drawing in Bunka Gakuin in the early 1950s. When she first began working, she had very little art historical knowledge, and knew nothing of the Surrealist movement.
In post-war Japan, a shortage of goods and materials meant the country was flooded with commodities from foreign countries. Okanoue used fragments from Western fashion magazines such as Life, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, to create radical compositions combining body parts, animals and inanimate objects in dynamic arrangements. Although the component parts of her collages originated from Western sources, Okanoue herself regarded her technique of image making as deeply rooted in Japanese tradition. She thought of her works as a form of hari-e (‘hari’ meaning pasting and ‘e’ meaning a picture in Japanese), a traditional Japanese technique of making pictures by pasting small pieces of coloured paper onto pasteboard.
It was only in 1952, upon meeting the poet and artist Shuzo Takiguchi, that Okanoue found her own place in art history. Takiguchi was a leading figure of the Surrealist movement in Japan, and introduced Okanoue to the works of the famous Surrealist, Max Ernst, whose style had a decisive influence on her. During the subsequent six years, Okanoue produced over 100 works. Her collages remained idiosyncratic and dreamlike in their juxtaposition of contradictory imagery. In 1953 and 1956, she held solo exhibitions at Takemiya Gallery, Tokyo. However, as with many Japanese women of this era, her marriage in 1957 ended her artistic career.
Okanoue returned to her hometown of Kochi, where she now lives. She is married to the painter Fujino Kazutomo. Her work faded into obscurity and was overlooked for almost 40 years. However, it was rediscovered by the curator of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography in the mid 1990s, and has since gained recognition for its contribution to the Japanese avant-garde. In 1996 her works was shown in Meguro Museum of Art, and has subsequently been collected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Joshua Osburg is a contemporary artist living and working in Saint Louis, Missouri. His primary mediums are oil paintings and graphite drawings. His work is inspired by his experience as an Iraq War Veteran and life before and after war. His art reflects the subconscious interests and endurances of those who have suffered trauma and the cruelness of the human condition. Using his own experiences, he explores the relationship between mental health disorders and the sufferer. His paintings and drawings unhinge negative thoughts by relinquishing them to panel and paper.
Inspired by renaissance artists like Titian, expressionists like Otto Dix and the surrealist movement, Joshua Osburg employs various techniques and theories into his work as components of his expression. Joshua Osburg received his Master’s in Fine Arts with an emphasis in painting from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri in May of 2018.
About Anne Faith Nicholls
Anne Faith Nicholls is an American contemporary artist based in California. Best recognized for her Neosurrealistic paintings, Nicholls has exhibited in collections, galleries, museums and fairs around the world, and also contributed to a variety of high profile commercial projects with renowned collaborators. Often exploring the subconcious, her works are layered and mysterious, creating symbolic and alluring narratives on the human condition, with a unique perspective.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, with a backwards heart (a signature symbol that frequently appears in her paintings) Anne Faith Nicholls was raised in The Pacific Northwest, eventually making her way down the West Coast to California, and later around the world, creating her art all along the way.
Nicholls is an Honored Alumni of both Seattle Pacific University and The Academy of Art University San Francisco, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, and extended studies abroad in Art History. The artist credits her formative years in San Francisco, amid the rise of the Low Brow and Pop Surrealist Movements, as her break into the fine art world. In 2008 Juxtapoz, Vogue and Nylon Magazines featured Nicholls in print, and she was named the VANS Artist Brand Ambassador for two consecutive years following, cementing her status as an artist to watch, and collect.
After early years of struggle and success with several groundbreaking galleries, Anne Faith Nicholls moved from San Francisco to Downtown Los Angeles, California, where she established herself with mentors and collaborators from all corners of the city’s diverse creative landscape. Connecting with artists, celebrities, interior designers, and entrepreneurs, Nicholls thrived in the melting pot of creativity unique to L.A. and sought to expand her brand with new, unexpected partnerships.
In 2010, Anne married director Jacob Arden McClure and together they moved to Paris and embarked on the first of many extended residencies in Europe, focused around art. Inspired, the couple moved back stateside, to Venice Beach California, and opened CURIO Studio & Collection. As an artist-operated gallery, CURIO enjoyed years of popularity, producing curated exhibitions of art, photography, and sculpture by emerging artists, and exhibiting at some of the world’s leading art fairs and museums. During this time, Nicholls’ own work continued to grow and garner exposure, attracting several respected art agencies, including Martin Lawrence Galleries, who went on to represent the artist from 2014-2018 at their multiple gallery locations nationwide, alongside masterworks by Basquiat, Picasso, Magritte and Dalî.
To date, Anne Faith Nicholls has produced hundreds of original works, most acquired by notable collectors around the world. Recently the artist debuted a new collection of paintings at her solo exhibition titled The Subconscious Observer at Martin Lawrence Galleries, New York, hailed by the press as “a uniquely revealing and refreshing look at the soul of the modern woman”. The summer of 2018 will see the launch of AFN Collection, exclusive offerings and female-focused collaborations from artist Anne Faith Nicholls, at www.afncollection.com
The Studio of Anne Faith Nicholls is currently based in Palm Springs, California, from where the artist continues her steadfast dedication to exploration, research, and technique… Forever committed to the craft, consumed by wanderlust, and compelled to examine and communicate social consciousness through the universal language of art.
Excerpt from interview with LA Weekly
An ongoing series of Q&As with some of L.A.’s most active and eclectic contemporary artists, introducing themselves to you in their own words. This week it’s painter Anne Faith Nicholls, who embraces the smooth perfection of surrealist fantasies, inflected with narrative and psychological symbols and emblems of female power.
(Entire Interview: Meet an Artist Monday: Anne Faith Nicholls)
L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?
ANNE FAITH NICHOLLS: I was born an artist. I’ve always been creative. That said, like a true artist, I question this identity daily.
What is your short answer to people who ask what your work is about?
I call my style Neosurrealism, and I create works that explore the subconscious and self-realization, through symbolism and narrative.
What would you be doing if you weren’t an artist?
I often fantasize about being a clog maker, an erotic novel writer, a park ranger or a Realtor.
Did you go to art school? Why/why not?
Yes, I loved art school. I am a proud graduate of the Academy University, with a BFA in illustration. I also studied art history abroad in Italy. I’m the first female in my family to earn a college degree. I was raised by a single mom, and my family and I worked really hard to put me through school. Making the decision to move away from the Northwest, where I grew up, to go to art school in California, was a radical shift that reset the course of my life. That said, I don’t believe art school is absolutely necessary to be an artist, as I know many successful artists who are self-taught.
But for me and my family, education was, and is, very important, and I really do feel my art degree legitimized my practice. It also armed me with an academic knowledge of art, essential for the lectures I now give at other institutions. I think that part of being an artist is forever being a student … always watching, always learning. In that spirit, since art school, most of my travel has revolved around art, and I’ve made a point to see many of the world’s masterpieces in person. These art trips have been the best times of my life, and there’s nothing like seeing a masterpiece in person. I’ll always be a student of art.
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