Thursday, 26 August 2010

Modern Chinoisie Style Painting - Kathe Fraga


 La Vie En Rose © Kathe Fraga

"Imagine you’re strolling down a fabulous old street in the heart of Paris and you spy a wonderful decades-old mansion, sooty with age and covered with gargoyles and window boxes overflowing with lavender, roses, honeysuckle. You stop to admire but then, out of the corner of your eye you see a big black wrecking ball about to smash the building down. 'Noooo,' you cry as you clutch your Lulu Guinness handbag and rush in, determined to save the age-old hand-decorated plastered panel walls."

Dans Le Jardin © Kathe Fraga

Evocative of the hand-painted, timeworn walls of a grand old Parisian mansion, the paintings in Kathe Fraga's French Wallpaper Series resemble aged decorative fresco panels adorned with  birds and flowers, vines and leaves in a modern Chinoiserie style.

Graga's beautifully vintage yet modern art is inspired by vintage silky kimonos, hand-worked embroidery, lacquered little boxes, blocked wallpaper and panels from years ago, distressed with age, revealing a soft loveliness still…you’ll see layered colours peeking out behind one another—pinks, blues, lavender—speckles of gold, a wisp of glitter. Look for a small shy heart. A nestle of lovebirds. A French phrase. Each piece meant to be seen as part of a larger scene that’s been hidden away…until now.
 Les Chansons de les Fleurs © Kathe Fraga

Toujours Ensemble © Kathe Fraga

  La Belle Saison © Kathe Fraga

Les Fleurs de L'Ile © Kathe Fraga

Kathe's next show opens on September 4 at Museo Gallery in Langley, Washington. 
Don't miss out on one of these exquisite original works by an exceptional painter!

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