Thomas Paul Fine Art presents recent works by Sandrine Kern with an opening reception on May 26th, 2012 from 6-9pm. The gallery will feature several new impressionistic landscape paintings which are suggestive of specific locations without being entirely literal. The result is a body of work indicative of landscapes conjured up by memory that communicate visceral emotions to her viewers.
The thick surfaces of Kern’s paintings are built up through her unique alteration of a technique which is similar to encaustic. Instead of utilizing hot wax in her process, Kern combines oil sticks, oil paint and cold wax to create a creamy rich surface rifled with depth. She then further manipulates the surface through the reductive process of scraping away layers with a knife and solvents.
Kern places importance on the mood of each work by highlighting the surface luminosity through her use of a high contrast color palette. The highly suggestive representation of each natural element Kern depicts is void of details that define a specific tree, or a specific location. Instead, the paintings convey the essence of form but are still recognizably landscape based. For Kern, each painting represents the mood of a past moment and contain a certain freedom of motion which keeps the work from appearing static.
Kern was born in Paris, France and earned her MFA in painting and drawing from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Beaux Arts before moving to Los Angeles, California in 1996, where she resides with her husband and children.