Yves Crenn: "Variations"

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Nu assis I, 2013 Pastel On Paper 55" X 49¼" © Axelle Fine Arts Galerie Soho
New York II, 2012 Pastel On Paper 47" X 31½" © Axelle Fine Arts Galerie Soho
Femme au teddy bleu, 2013 Pastel On Paper 22" X 22" © Axelle Fine Arts Galerie Soho
Yves Crenn: "Variations"

472 West Broadway
New York, NY 10012
March 16th, 2013 - April 14th, 2013
Opening: March 16th, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

10:00am- 7:00pm
mixed-media, landscape, figurative


Yves Crenn: “Variations” March 16 – April 14

We are pleased to present “Variations”, a solo exhibition of new works by French artist YVES CRENN. Opening Reception Saturday, March 16, 6-8pm. Free, RSVP required.

Download the Exhibition Catalog (PDF).

Crenn’s work is distinguished by his delicate and sensitive depictions of women, landscapes and still-lifes in watercolor and pastel on paper. Crenn’s work has been very successful both in the US and abroad. Since his first solo exhibition in 2004, Crenn has had several solo exhibitions at the Duchoze Galerie in Rouen and at galleries in New York City, Boston, Paris and Germany. He had a successful solo show at ArtLondon 2010 and his work was part of an exhibition at the Panorama Museum in Leipzig, Germany the same year. “Variations”, Crenn’s 4th exhibition at Axelle, will feature a collection of new pieces in his characteristic style, including busy cityscapes softened by his masterful handling of light, color and texture.

Crenn was greatly affected by a visit to Pompeii at a young age where he saw ancient frescoes, architecture and human remains perfectly preserved in the ashes. This influence is still evident in his recent work; his texture and color palette recall classical antiquity. Crenn’s work is characterized by the subtle haze and soft glow he gives to his subjects; his pieces appear to be seen through the fog of memory. His choice of natural, warm colors and classic subjects, such as female nudes, allows his compositions to be quiet yet powerful pieces that are both ageless and emotive.

Born in 1969 in France, Crenn was encouraged by his family from an early age to explore his passion for drawing. In 1990, at the age of 21, Crenn enrolled at Les Beaux Arts de Rouen, where he studied oil painting and drawing for six years.  After graduating in 1996, he participated in several group exhibitions throughout France. In 2003, Crenn discovered that by replacing oil paint and dry pastel with a combination of watercolor and pastel he could create unique textural effects, as well as provide smooth color transitions.  This quickly became his media of choice as a means of expressing his perception of the world and has made his work unmistakable. His work has received consistently positive reviews from art journals such as Miroir de l’art, Vernissage, Verso, Pratiques des Arts and Artension. Crenn currently lives and works in Rouen, France.

For further information, prices and photographic material, please contact 212-226-2262 or email Gallery hours are from 11:00am to 7:00pm every day.