French in­flu­ences

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It has long been a tra­di­tion for artists to travel abroad to Europe and gain in­spi­ra­tion from the cul­ture and scenery. Through May 4, Ar­ca­dia Con­tem­po­rary in Cul­ver City, Cal­i­for­nia, will present the in­vi­ta­tional exhibition Amer­i­cans in Paris fea­tur­ing new works by “pain­ters whose trav­els to Paris and the works they’ve seen there have deeply in­flu­enced the how and what they cre­ate for them­selves.”

Floral still lifes are among those fea­tured in the exhibition in­clud­ing Michael Klein’s Garden Roses that de­picts peach-col­ored roses in a glass vase. The light and shad­ows of the com­po­si­tion high­light the ephemeral qual­ity of na­ture.

Of the work, Klein says, “In na­ture there is an in­fi­nite amount of va­ri­ety and de­ci­sions that can be seen, Garden Bou­quet is a vis­ual doc­u­ment of time spent with the roses and what was per­ceived. It is some­thing sim­ple and pro­found at the same time, re­sult­ing in a cul­mi­na­tion of my un­der­stand­ing of what is go­ing on and the feel­ing I had while work­ing. Any paint­ing is a brief en­counter with what the artist ex­pe­ri­ences.”

An­other floral piece is Katie G.

Whip­ple’s Pa­pavera Study I that was painted from life in prepa­ra­tion for a largescale work, Pa­pavera, in­spired by Odilon Re­don’s floral works. She first be­came ac­quainted with Re­don’s pieces in 2014 when vis­it­ing the Museé d’Or­say. “I was in­stantly en­chanted. When I ex­pe­ri­enced Re­don’s work it was akin to see­ing an old friend af­ter years apart—as if we al­ready knew ev­ery­thing about each other and it was so good to fi­nally be re­united,” she says. “A rare but prized feel­ing an artist has when view­ing an­other’s work. For this show, I knew I wanted my paint­ings to be love let­ters to Re­don. These paint­ings were in­spired by Re­don, but they were also made es­pe­cially for him. This is my small way of thank­ing him for the beauty he has gifted the world.”

Whip­ple’s hus­band, Bren­dan John­ston, com­bines the floral and fig­u­ra­tive worlds in his paint­ing The Flower Painter that was in­spired by her. John­ston has al­ways been drawn to French por­trai­ture, as he feels the 19th-cen­tury French artists were able to “syn­the­size the real and the ideal.”

In de­scrib­ing The Flower Painter, John­ston says, “I wanted to rep­re­sent her in a semi­ab­stract rose garden, col­lect­ing flow­ers for a bou­quet that she might her­self paint. The in­spi­ra­tions for my com­po­si­tion and tech­nique are the mar­velously de­signed paint­ings that hang through­out Paris.”

Also par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show are Jeremy Lip­king, Casey Childs, Vin­cent Xeus, Ryan Brown, Michelle Du­n­away, Olga Kri­mon and Joshua LaRock, among oth­ers.

Ar­ca­dia Con­tem­po­rary 9428 Washington Boule­vard, Cul­ver City, CA 90232 • (424) 603-4656­ca­di­a­con­tem­po­


Jeremy Lip­king, Un­ti­tled, oil on panel, 16 x 12"


Katie G. Whip­ple, Pa­pavera Study I, oil on panel,

12 x 10"


Bren­dan John­ston, The Flower Painter, oil on can­vas,

50 x 34"


Michael Klein, Garden Roses, oil on can­vas, 16 x 12"


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