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Kipik

Kipik
ca Canada

I was born and raised in France. I grew up in a family of artists and my grandma put us all to crayons early-on. I attended the "Ecole d'art de Luminy, France, Art program, and George Brown College's Graphic design program, in Toronto, where I graduated with awards and honours. I attended the City Sculpture School and Studio (C.S.S.S.) where I did life drawing practice with a group of other artists. My work has been shown in a few Galeries.
I worked with Chinese/Japanese brush technique and tried to find synthesis between my roots and this amazing art form. I love the contrasts between cultures, and try to express that.

Now my influences have changed a bit. Though Chinese brush techniques are still a big part of what I do, it is mixed with a new personal approach, very much influenced by Russian folk art and Inuit art. A strange mix I guess, but I am on that road and obsessed with it and I think somehow it works because I have fun. (see my philosophy section for more blabla).



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I was born and raised in France. I grew up in a family of artists and my grandma put us all to crayons early-on. I attended the "Ecole d'art de Luminy, France, Art program, and George Brown College's Graphic design program, in Toronto, where I graduated with awards and honours. I attended the City Sculpture School and Studio (C.S.S.S.) where I did life drawing practice with a group of other artists. My work has been shown in a few Galeries.
I worked with Chinese/Japanese brush technique and tried to find synthesis between my roots and this amazing art form. I love the contrasts between cultures, and try to express that.

Now my influences have changed a bit. Though Chinese brush techniques are still a big part of what I do, it is mixed with a new personal approach, very much influenced by Russian folk art and Inuit art. A strange mix I guess, but I am on that road and obsessed with it and I think somehow it works because I have fun. (see my philosophy section for more blabla).

In 2005 I started in a new direction. I had been painting for many years as an illustrator and as a life drawing artist. I thought I had to please the world and be recognized and then be successful. But that was not as much fun as I had first thought and I was looking for something... but what? I found it this summer. And I can retrace all the transformation like a butterfly remembering her caterpilar days. There was that Picasso pottery exhibit where I saw that he was always having fun in his Art. Then I found this book about Paul Klee. He was having fun in his Art, carelessly. I painted a few times carelessly. It was great, No careful drawing or planing. Just paint and water. Zoom! Then after a disapointing illustration project it happened: I said no more to the illustration world, took a big breath and everything lightened up, an epiphany: I was gona paint for ME!!! Like in any epiphany, everything falls into place in an instantly resolved puzzle. I saw that all my life I had been this artist, but thought that there was a better one behind it. I was wrong. I have indeed always been this folk artist at heart. I embrace it now. This transformation is fascinating to me but probably boring to many. But the understanding of how it happened I think can help a few to figure out where they are going. I hope.

l'atelier / the studio

l'atelier / the studio

My new studio is getting organized slowly. This is where I paint most of the time for now. ...to be updated soon!!!

George Brown College for excellence in illustraion award 2000

George brown College 10 Best Portfolio Award 2000

George Brown College Dean's List Academic Achievement Award 2000

Applied Art Magazine Illustration award 2000.

SHOWS - PAST AND ON-GOING

SHOWS - PAST AND ON-GOING

May 2010: Over 10 recent paintings are showing at Alternative Ground cafe, on Roncesvale ave, from May 2nd until end of May

October 2007: 5 pieces accepted by Off the Canvas Gallery, a great online gallery selling high quality reproductions on high quality paper and unstretched canvas.

summer 2007: about 10 paintings, T-shirts, and other art pieces showing at method lab gallery on Dundas West for over 3 months.

March to Oct 2007: 15 Art cards went on a trip to Nashville! to Gallery 121, curator/owner Chad Hollingsworth. They remained there on show for 7 months. A wonderful opportunity to show my work down south.

Aug 2006: was the vegetarian Art Show at the Vegetarian Heaven restaurant, just above the AGO, on Baldwin street. 2 of my pieces hung there: "Mister Coco", and "Spying on Irina".

In May 2006 the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is puting together this amazing idea: small portraits from all artist in Ontario and Canada or as much as they can gather. I sent a serie of 3 and did see them there!. See my "New work" section to view them among the thousands (?)

March 2004:
5th Annual "Art for Life" Art show and Charity Auction. Organized by New Leaders of Sunnybrook & women's Fondation.
Work presented and sold:
- "Ben's Incredible Contorsions"
- "Pink Man"

March 2003:
4th Annual "Millenium Art show and Charity Auction". Organized by New Leaders of Sunnybrook & women's Fondation.
Works presented and sold:
- "Gauguin's Question"
- "Cosmic Spring"

July 2000:
Photography and Illustration contest
Winner of Applied Arts Magazine award for student illustration.

April 2000
Design Exchange Museum, Toronto
Best students' work. Organized by George Brown College. Illustration and Design.

1997
Private show, Scarborough
A 3 day art show and sale organized by the production department of Bell Actimedia.

1993 /94
In the Making Art gallery, Queen's Quay Terminal, Harbour Front, Toronto
Currators: Rosemary Burd & Arlene Gehring
A wonderful gallery filled with hand made treasure by fine artists.
Shows in which my work was included:
"Spring Has sprung"
"Wish you were here"

Mixed Media

Mixed Media

I use what ever i have and experiment often. My base is fine watercolours: even though I don't use a lot of transparent effects, I love watercolours for it's flexibility adapatability and exceptional depth of colour. I also experiment with amazing dry pigments that my mom gets for me from Roussillon, France ("Ocres et Terres"). which i use with arabic gum. it works great and has a great velevety texture. I also use extensively colour pencils. Beyond that, various kind of inks and gouaches and novelty compounds that works more ... or less! I have experimented with various surfaces, mostly paper and my favorite is Arches' hot press watercolour paper, but I've used 2 different Strathmore's watercolour papers, as well some with a rougher texture that works well on large format. I'm now trying out wood panels: the final effect looks fantastic ( using watercolours and varnish). Since I have moved, I am trying Oil techniques these are at the experimental stage!

... Any question about technique, feel free to ask!