5 juin 2018
This week, discover the French artist Frédéric Thiéry’s inspirations and techniques, through his artwork “Barcelone“.
Stimulated by artists of the Provençal school, from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century, such as Jean Baptiste Olive or Louis Nattero, I enjoy painting cities, their lights and life.
The artwork “Barcelone”, amongst my other works, sums up what I like: a certain freedom in the way I paint a particular subject.
Here, my painting is based on a photo of Barcelona, which is only a starting point. I don’t have to be faithful to it, I let my hand paint freely on the canvas.
For example, the right side of the artwork is almost abstract and, as we head to the left, slowly slides to a more realistic representation of the subject.
The choice of warm and vivid colors is different from reality and it's better this way.
To sum things up, reality becomes a dream with me.
Here is how I proceed, but don’t tell anyone…
I don’t draw beforehand, I apply colors with big putty knives.
With grand gestures, I paint the central part with all kinds of colors; this is where the city life takes place (cars, pedestrians, stores, cafés, light etc.).
Then, I execute the sky more calmly.
Finally, I end the painting with architectural elements, evoking the place I’m inspired by: Barcelona here (Olé!).
The more I move forward, the more I use smaller tools, as they allow me to be more precise. I start using the paintbrush from the 3rd step onwards.
Between these different steps, the canvas painted with acrylic dries. The artwork slowly comes to an end with short successive interventions. The whole process takes several days for several paintings at the same time.