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Kerstin Paillard

1977 Paris, France

1 Works exhibited

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  • About the Artist
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  • Bibliography
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I was raised between Stockholm, Sweden and southern France. Since childhood, I have felt divided between the introspective, solitary culture of the vast Swedish landscapes and the more emotive character of the French. My work embodies this personal sense of ambivalence. I have built a visual trope about interiority, introspection and how mental process can bring about greater communal expressiveness.

In my work I try to offer a painterly meditation on the human psyche, drawing upon my experiences with the landscapes of Sweden and France. My work is meant to foster individual introspection through the use of abstract, haptic forms and a limited color palette. I am interested in ideas of interiority and how the individual relates to the collective in an increasingly isolated world. I try to encourage critical self examination of and reflection by providing the viewers with an intangible and emotional experience.

I began painting at an early age, always attuned to the ways that color and light merged with thought itself. My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colors and forms, skies and landscapes, the northern light and the southern brightness. The paintings are only made of pigments that I smash and smear on the canvas. My process is physical and tactile, engaging all of my body and senses. I paint laying on the floor, I need to feel near and part of the painting, working from the four sides, walking around the canvas and literally being in the painting.
I put coat after coat of pigments, trying to bring up the best of every tint, its deepness, vibrations, force and sensibility. The gesture is intense and specific, the pace high, the composition completed in my mind, the work is made in one sitting and the degrees of separation between feeling and fullfilment are narrow. This type of process that vacillates between structure and intuition is comparable to the primitive dances, where the orchestrated movements are countered by spontaneity and chance.

I am moved by color relationships, but I don’t want my pictures appreciated solely for their spectral qualities. I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them and I want my paintings to be highly expressive, conveying strong emotional content. I’m interested in expressing strong emotions and deep feelings, creating a meaningful dialogue with the spectators. With my work I want to immerse and envelop the viewers in a particular atmosphere, filled with emotions and thoughts, and encourage introspection and critical reflection.

EDUCATION

2000-2005 : Master Degree in Art History, University Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
1996-1999 : Bachelor in Contemporary Art, Ecole Supérieure d’Art, Villa Arson, Nice, France
1995-1996 : Preparatory Class in Fine Arts, Ecole des Beaux Arts, Vallauris, France

EXHIBITION HISTORY

Upcoming exhibitions

In-between Space, Solo exhibition, Art Center of Kramfors, Kramfors, Sweden, March 12 – April 4, 2022
31 for 31, Wing Art Gallery, Wadhurst, UK, March 1-31, 2021 (postponed due to Covid19)

Museum exhibitions

Konstinjektion III – Utblick, Museum of Sundsvall, Sundsvall, Sweden, October 9, 2020 – January 3, 2021
Salon de Arte, Museum Gustavo de Maeztu, Estella, Spain, February 8 – March 22, 2020
The Edge Effect (curated by Akili Tommasino), Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, USA, June 30 – September 22, 2019
Postmodern Miasmas (curated by Tony Huffman), The Nova Prize Exhibition by FRESCO Foundation, HRY Space, New York, NY, USA, March 1 – 8, 2019

Solo exhibitions

In-between Space, Bountiful Davis Art Center, Bountiful, UT, USA, June 5 – July 17, 2021
Laponia, Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, November 7-24, 2019
Céleste, Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, May 11 – June 8, 2018
Dreamscape, Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, June 8 – 22, 2017
Dreams, Gallery Studio Four Seasons, Stockholm, Sweden, November 2 – 30, 2016
Couleurs, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, November 8 – 29, 2013
Konst är Kul, Handelsbanken, Nice, France, October 4 – 31, 2013
Black&White, Indoor Gallery, Nice, France, Mars 1 – 31, 2012
Colorama, Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France, September 14 – 28, 2012
Couleurs du Nord, Gallery Atmosphère, Antibes, France, May 4 – 27, 2011
SSS, Acerma, Paris, France, October, 8 – 29, 2010

Group exhibitions

Small Works Exhibit, Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia, MO, USA, July 2-31, 2021
Redsheep Summer Show, Redsheep Gallery, Online exhibition, June 17-30, 2021
Redsheep Spring Show, Redsheep Gallery, Online exhibition, May 6-20, 2021
Redsheep Winter Show, Redsheep Gallery, Online exhibition, January 14-28, 2021
Art Shoppe November, Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia, MO, USA, November 1-30, 2020
Small Works Exhibit, Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia, MO, USA, July 3- August 1, 2020
Fresh Legs Berlin 2020, Insel Galerie Berlin & Galleri Heike Arndt DK, Berlin, Germany, June 25 – August 15, 2020
January Exhibit, Sager Braudis Gallery, Colombia, MO, USA, January 1-31, 2020
The Zari Winter Show 2019, Zari Gallery, London, UK, December 5, 2019 – January 31, 2020
BBA Salon, BBA Gallery, Berlin, Germany, December 2019
Whitesheep Art Show, Redsheep Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden, November 7 – 28, 2019
Affordable Art Fair Stockholm with Redsheep Gallery, Nacka Strandmässa, Stockholm, Sweden, 2019
Spring Fair, Gallery Backlund, Göteborg, Sweden, 2019
To Believe or not to Believe, That is the Thing, Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain, 2019
Miami Art Show, Van Gogh Art Gallery, Madrid, Spain, 2019
December Group Show, Gallery Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain, 2018
Aqua Art Miami Art Fair with Van Gogh Art Gallery, Aqua Hotel, Miami Beach, USA, 2018
Atmosphere for Dreaming (Duo with Robert van Bolderick), Redsheep Gallery, Antibes, France, 2018
In Situ Art Fair, Youth Center, Skopje, North Macedonia, 2018
The Other Art Fair Brooklyn with Saatchi Art, Brooklyn Expo Center, New York, USA, 2018
The Other Art Fair L.A with Saatchi Art, The Majestic Downtown, Los Angeles, USA, 2018
Affordable Art Fair Stockholm with Redsheep Gallery, Nacka Strandmässa, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Biennale di Genova with Satura Art Gallery, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy, 2017
Hyperspace, Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, The Youth Center, Skopje, North Macedonia, 2017
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Il Dopofiera with Satura Art Gallery, Satura Art Gallery, Genova, Italy, 2017
Winter Exhibition, Gallery Nybroviken, Stockholm, Sweden, 2017
Art Expo Genova (Arte Genova Contemporary Art Fair 2017) with Satura Art Gallery, Fiera di Genova, Genova, Italy, 2017
To The Stars, Paratissima International Contemporary Art Fair, Torino Esposizione, Torino, Italy, 2016
Deeloop Art Fair, Luftkastellet, Limhamn, Sweden, 2016
Stockholm Art Fair, Lavalhallen, Stockholm, Sweden, 2016
L’Envol, Nice Côte d’Azur, Nice, France, 2015
KoBi 15 – Swedish Art Biennale, Nice, France, 2015
Art en Capitale, Grand Palais, Paris, France, 2014
Sang Neuf au 109, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2014
Rencontre des Arts, Chapelle Villefranche sur Mer, France, 2014
Autour du Noir, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2013
Summer exhibition, Gallery Atelier 109bis, Tourettes le Var, France, 2013
KoBi 13 – Swedish Art Biennale, Nice, France, 2013
Cent Œuvres pour une Œuvre, Palm Beach, Cannes, France, 2012
Summer exhibition, Gallery Atelier 109bis, Tourettes le Var, France, 2012
Diptyques, Gallery Art sur Cour, Antibes, France, 2012
L’Art à l’Oeil, Gallery Atelier 109, Cannes, France, 2011
Nordic Design & Art, Gallery Atmosphere, Antibes, France, 2011

Kc.Paillard, born in 1977 in Paris (France), grown up in Stockholm (Sweden), is a Franco-Swedish artist who lives in the south of France and works between Nice and Stockholm. She draws her inspiration from her legacy, double culture, Art History, the beauty of nature, the northern and southern light and skies, as well as her emotions and dreams. Her items are like her, at the crossroads of this genuine and warm handicraft that has been decorating the Swedish homes for centuries and an original French piece of art.

She has been painting for several years using dry pastels on canvas. Her work is an abstract dreamlike painting where the colours, the textures and the multiple layers of matter expand to create big fields of colours. Her pictural style is a sensitive and original combination, fluctuating between Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Painting (Helen Frankenthaler, Rothko, Emil Nolde, Degas).

Kc.Paillard has studied Fine Arts in Vallauris (France) for 1 year, in order to get a classic formation. Then she studied Contemporary Art in Nice (France) during 4 years. Eventually, she obtained a Master degree in Art History at the University of Montpellier (France) after 5 years.

Wing Award 2020, Wing Art Gallery, Wadhurst, UK, 2020
Nova Prize 2019, FRESCO Foundation, New York, USA, 2019

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