Monday, January 26, 2015

Introducing Artist Frederique Chemin

The discovery of Frederique Chemin's works of art is like a burst of sunlight in the midst of a gray winter. Her layered vivid imagery and saturated color brings her paintings to life. Please enjoy some of works of art and our interview. Frederique lives and works in both Paris and Aix en Provence.

In her own words: "In my paintings, there are always little, yet significant figurative details within a mainly  abstract approach. I like the immersion into color and matter and I like the impact large paintings have. But I also like when some figurative references trigger imagination. Like tracks that would tell the viewers of my paintings where to follow- like a compass of the spirit. I like the different levels of reading, where different elements combine to form a global vision that everyone can see or feel in their own way."

Bella Vista
Cartography I Series

1) I understand that you became interested in art at a very young age. Would you tell us more about that?

I have always loved painting and drawing. When I was a child, I spent hours immersed in my work.  It has always been my favorite occupation! I would have skipped school and everything else to be able to remain at my table with my colors and brushes.

I was fortunate to have a drawing teacher in school who noticed my passion for art when I was 10. He offered to take me to the School of Beaux Arts in Paris where he had a private studio.  As a finalist in the Prix de Rome contest, he taught me oil painting. We walked through the entire school and its different studios. I was so amazed! I decided I would study art at this school when I grew up - and that's what I did. My teacher eventually won the Prix de Rome and went to Rome for several years and I never saw him again, but I am very grateful to him for having opened the door of this universe to me.

Spring Garden
Cartography I Series
des Fruites des Fleurs
Cartography I Series

2) Where does your inspiration come from?

It comes from life! I like to try to catch the part of a dream, happiness and beauty that is present in life. I try to give people who look at my paintings the joy of colors and space, like an "invitation to a  journey"* in a special way. I am inspired by the many things and places I see and things I live. Good memories, emotions, looking at my children and remembering the child I used to be (and still am)!

15th of August
Cartography II Series

My Paris Dream
Cartography II Series

3) Have you had a mentor or who are some artists who have influenced and inspired you?

I love the work of many artists. I admire Raoul Duffy for the lightness of his lines and  his various skills, Matisse for the "luxury, calm and delight"* he provides for us and Mark Rothko for his mastery of color. I love Edward Hopper for the deep feelings present in his paintings, Picasso for his freedom, and many more!

Plonger dans l'Eau Bleue
Cartography Series III

Villa Serene
Cartography III Series
4) What effect did your studies at l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris have on your aesthetic?

It was a wonderful place to be. You had a studio you would share with other students.  You could exchange ideas about art and life, creating the future in a place where you could feel the greatness of the past! I had a wonderful teacher, a painter called Amor who taught me that I had to find my own way and my own technique.

Play with Me
Cartography IV Series

Jeux d'Eau
Cartography IV Series

5) When you have time to relax, what activities do you enjoy?

I love reading, playing music, watching movies and outdoor activities allowing me to be in contact with nature like swimming and skiing.

un Jacinthe ou un Crocus
Black Cartography Series

My American Dream
Black Cartography Series

6) Where can our readers find your art? Do you have upcoming gallery exhibits?

You can follow me on Facebook and on my website. You can see my paintings at Gallery 32 Fine Arts in New York. I will have an exhibition in Paris in Spring 2015 and one in Aix en Provence in May 2015.

Miroir, Miroir
Black Cartography Series

7) Finally what words of wisdom you have for the aspiring artist of any age?

I would say find in yourself what is your particularity, what really belongs to you that you want to share with others; the colors of the song you want to sing! And if you feel like being an artist, go ahead, make your dream come true. Don't give up or let anything stop you from doing it!

*"Invitation To The Journey" Charles Baudelaire

Be sure to visit Frederique's website to see more of her art, her upcoming events and to learn more about this fascinating artist. This is the link to her Facebook Page.

Much thanks goes to Paula Winke, marketing and public relations consultant, who made the introduction.  Paula is based in Kansas City; however her work with clients takes her throughout North America and abroad.

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therelishedroost said...

Bold interesting and fun! Love her work!

Unknown said...

Beautiful works of art Karena...Frederique sounds delightful; I'm going to pop across and take a look at more of her art...the colours are breathtaking!
Thank you so much for popping by today, lovely to hear from you...have a lovely week. xx

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love the fresh and bold...

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a beautiful happy that she lived her dream since she was a child...Such an enormously talented person...I love the cartography unique and gorgeous...Must remember that gallery th next time I get to NYC....Thanks Karena..loved her story and her art!

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Wow she is sweet and inspiring. Gorgeous pieces! I love her art. Going to follow her on Facebook now. Thanks for sharing her story. Karena! Have a good week. Kim

Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

Such beautiful and colorful work! The one "Play with Me" strikes a chord here as a mommy. And "My Paris Dream" is another favorite.
Thank you for introducing us to this talented artist!

La Contessa said...

I too LOVE her choice of colors!Loved her story too.........
Karena, I think YOU asked for my email awhile back.I did send it to YOU.........I never heard back from YOU!??

peggybraswell said...

loved reading about her + seeing her great paintings.

Pura Vida said...

Such bright happy colors even with the black

Decor To Adore said...

Completely swooning over "Spring Garden". What an amazing talent.

Have a beautiful day!

cindy hattersley design said...

I love the playfulness and naivete of her work! My sister is building a home in Florida I am sending this to her!!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Love her has a primitive but contemporary feel...I also love her use of colors...

My Notting Hill said...

One of my favorites of your artist posts!!! These really speak to me and, you're right, they are the perfect antidote to gray, wintry weather.

designchic said...

What beautiful paintings - love the colors!!

Karen said...

What interesting art. I love the details. It's like looking at a historic map. Thank you for introducing us.

The Buzz Blog said...

These are so much fun, Karena. We love the mix of whimsicla designs and more mathematical details. Of course, the Spring Garden has us dreaming of sun and blooms. Have a great weekend!
C + C

Burlap Luxe said...

Awww Karena, how are you doing, you know over the holidays I had went into emergency with what the diagnosed as Pneumonia as well as you have. I was never so sick of coughing so much... I was on breaking treatments, and steroides and such, I still in the cold air if it hits me just right it will bring on a weezy cough. I do feel a million times better though.

How are you doing dear, have you kicked this terrible virus Pneumonia thing? I am praying that you bounce back with all that you have to bounce with :)

As for this bright artist, I am always one for art that feels so outsider, fun, and almost child like, yet so hard to paint this style! I bet you could paint one so similar right out of your imagination.
Please post or email me with what piece you go with!
Would love to see your studio where you sit and create. I am creating pieces of art in my Kitchen today, it just felt like the place to create.

Love, and blessed days ahead of you dear one.


Mise said...

How spring-like and happy her art is, like the palette of a child's bedroom viewed through dappled water.

Fashion-isha said...

These are totally my type of paintings: happy, bright, bold and optimistic! I needed a dose of that!

Surns1989 said...

i love these photos,and they are so beautiful.

Jane B. said...

Thanks for sharing these beautiful works of art! So fun to see all these vibrant colors in the middle of Winter!

Stacy CUrran said...

Stunning...the colors are just gorgeous

Frédérique Chemin said...

Thank you for all your nice comments! You can see more works of Frédérique Chemin on and follow her on facebook!

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