Reception with the Artist, Jean-Daniel Bouvard
This past weekend, I went to Chelsea Piers to attend an event... Which turned out to be not what was advertised. So, a bit bummed out, I left and went back to my car, which was parked across the street from Pier 60 in front of a beautiful fine art gallery on the corner of W. 20th St. The light in the space was beautiful, the open door into the gallery's corner location gave me a view of the entire floor. What a nice inviting surprise! I decided to go in and take a look around... Some of the pieces reminded me of Greece...
This gallery is the newest, fourth location of the Axelle Gallery, which also has locations in Boston, San Francisco, and New Orleans. I'm not familiar with the styles of the artists Axelle represents, but I thought I might share it with the group as some of you might find it a thoughtful collection.
The Artist, Jean-Daniel Bouvard, will be present at a special reception at this location, if you're interested in meeting him:
Axelle Fine Arts
547 W. 20th St.
New York, NY. 10011
Reception Dec. 6th, 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Please RSVP immediately so that I can make arrangements with the gallery to accomodate our group.
Axelle's artists represented
ABOUT THE ARTIST
For most people, a palm tree, the ocean or a stone façade are simply objects that blend into the background of a busy day. For Jean-Daniel Bouvard, they are divine inspiration. With the simple stroke of a paintbrush, this French master can take an everyday scene and turn it into a magnificent journey. ?The subject doesn?t matter,? he claims, ?what does is light, shadow, mood, ambiance and imagining what is beyond the painting.?
Jean-Daniel Bouvard was born in 1957 in Saint-Etienne, France, where he spent most of his childhood. His talent and temperament were evident early on, when he developed a passion for drawing and painting as a young boy. He moved to Paris in 1976 and he pursued architectural studies until 1980. ?My training in architecture provided me with a very strong understanding of space, the structure of a painting, and what to me is the most important thing?light. I learned about the laws of harmony, color and perspective, the combination of light and shadow to create moods.? It is a mood and place, which comprises the settings for his works. The ambiance or atmosphere not only compliments but also emphasizes a particular physical locale.
Today, Bouvards? work is lauded by critics worldwide and draws numerous comparisons to the brilliance of American icon Edward Hopper, whom he considers a mentor. ?I love the silent painters,? says Bouvard.
A quiet, gentle soul himself, Bouvards? work is about the creation, not the topic?he depends on the subtle touch of the brush rather than boastful subjects that garner a particular acclaim in an of themselves. The gentle crest of a wave or the simple lines of a hidden doorway can contain a story more glorious than a view of the highest spires of Notre Dame. ?I prefer to forget the actual topic at hand and seek inspiration from the laws of composition,? he explains.
Bouvards? colors are subdued, muted and understated. His curvilinear and sentimental lines flow in a natural, almost holistic way. Be it a pristine vista of the sea or a corporeal construction of an everyday scene, his work is somewhat healing in its rendition the subject matter. Bouvard often paints squares to stress the limit of the painting and give more integrity to the subject. He also tends to paint interpretations of the sun and of the south, primarily because of the shadows, the strong lights, the heat, and the humidity of the air. ?You can feel the atmosphere,? he says.
In addition, water is almost inevitably nearby. If the sea is not in the background, the viewer will feel its presence. His figures are often in the shadows or with their backs turned, creating a little mystery. This, says the artist, allows observers to sometimes recognize themselves in the picture: ?I like to reveal certain things and hide others, to preserve intimacy.?
Indeed, Bouvard?s work reflects his way of life and the ideals his collectors hope to espouse?a quest for beauty, an attraction to simplicity and a passion for a gentle existence.